Interestingly, he was a last-minute addition among the other performers namely A.R. Rahman and Bipasha Basu. Shahid wasn"t really supposed to be performing at the IPL finals.
Says the actor, “My Dad and I were supposed to head to Europe for a short shooting stint of his film (Mausam). Then that volcano eruption happened in Iceland. So all flights got cancelled. In any case, we were only supposed to shoot for a few days and I was supposed to come back to Mumbai. So we decided to cancel the stint in Europe."
It was then that Shahid decided he would dance at the IPL after all. “I contacted the organizers the Moranis. And they let me perform. I had never performed in a stadium before. I loved the experience. I interacted with the live cricket crowd, went into the crowds sang with them. Great fun!"
Usually Shahid prepares for at least a week for any of his live performances. “But for the IPL finals I was ready in a day. It was a great platform. Dancing to a live cricket crowd and that too a crowd cheering for the Mumbai team, was an experience I wouldn"t have liked to miss. So yes, I guess the cancellation of our shooting in Europe isn"t something I regret."
Shahid also doesn"t regret dancing when he already had a sprained neck. It aggravated his condition manifold. Trying to play down the pain Shahid says, “I guess there"s a downside to being spontaneous. I was in a bad condition."
Shahid was on painkiller injections. “But I don"t mind my condition being worsened. I am just glad I performed in front of that live excited audience. People accuse me of not being spontaneous enough. So there I was actually doing something without much thought or rehearsals. And I loved it!"