Didn’t know Shahid Kapoor dur­ing Taal: Sub­hash Ghai

As Taal com­pletes 18 years of its re­lease to­day, Sub­hash Ghai says that he had no idea that Shahid Kapoor was a backup dancer in the film

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Melo­di­ous mu­sic and stun­ning cin­e­matog­ra­phy — that’s how most peo­ple re­mem­ber Sub­hash Ghai’s (far right) Taal. As the film star­ring Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, Ak­shaye Khanna and Anil Kapoor com­pletes 18 years of its re­lease to­day, Ghai shares his mem­o­ries and re­calls how no one knew Shahid Kapoor, (right) and that he was a backup dancer in the film.

“He was a mem­ber of the Shia­mak Davar dance troupe. He looked smart and I wanted a good-look­ing boy, who could drape Aish­warya’s face dur­ing a song se­quence,” says Ghai. “I asked for him. But I didn’t know that his name was Shahid, or that he was Pankaj’s [ac­tor Pankaj Ka­pur’s] son. Nor did I know that he was going to be­come such a big star in Bol­ly­wood,” adds Ghai.

At the time of the film’s re­lease, the film­maker had to deal with a lot of harsh crit­i­cism. How­ever, he says that pub­lic af­fec­tion proved to be the bet­ter judge of films than crit­ics. “It was slammed by ev­ery­body. There were also com­ments like Sub­hash Ghai’s time is over. But then, the au­di­ence didn’t take it se­ri­ously, and kept going to the the­atres to watch the film,” he re­calls.

Ghai ad­mits that the film had al­most no story. “I knew it was a tough pro­ject, for this

rea­son. So I told AR Rah­man, that the film will work be­cause of the con­tri­bu­tion of only two peo­ple — me and him. He gave mu­sic that is still loved by all and Ap­ple Mu­sic has now put the film’s mu­sic into World Mu­sic cat­e­gory. That’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing,” shares Ghai.

He [Shahid] looked smart and I wanted a good-look­ing boy, who could drape Aish­warya’s [Rai] face dur­ing the song se­quence SUB­HASH GHAI, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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