"Oh yes, I always enjoy working with children", smiles Shahid, "I believe that they are the most spontaneous actors of all and help you unlearn a lot of things. Now, that's good because sometimes it is very important to unlearn. Spontaneity is a good virtue because that helps bring on screen things that were not planned or written on paper."
Since he has also worked with children in Chance Pe Dance, how was the experience any different in Paathshaala?
"It was completely different", immediately responds Shahid, "These are two entirely different films and with totally different subjects. Yes, there are children in both the films but there is nothing similar in the context. You can make that out from the promos of the film. Also, the focus in Chance Pe Dance was dance, not children whereas in Paathshaala, it is all about children."
Talking about Chance Pe Dance, the film failed at the box office though Shahid was appreciated by one and all. Some silver lining here for Shahid after gaining unanimous response once again after Kaminey?
"I was really very happy about the fact that people appreciated my work", smiles Shahid, "When a film is successful then everyone appreciates performances. We have seen that before for other actors and their films as well. However, it is rare when you get appreciated even for the film that doesn't work. I am glad that I had put my best foot forward there. I have done the same in Paathshaala as well and I am quite positive that people will have good things to say about the film once it releases."
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