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‘Jiah is still my first choice'

Ken Ghosh refutes rumours that Katrina Kaif is replacing Jiah Khan in his next film. Hiren Kotwani has the details.
Hindustan Times | By Hiren Kotwani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2008 05:14 PM IST

"Right now, everything depends on the dates of Shahid (Kapur),” says Ken Ghosh. He is directing the actor once again after Fida.

Ghosh states that Shahid sprained his neck recently and will be out of action for a while. Since he’s playing a dancer in the still-to-be-titled film, the actor needs to tone up his physique.

Not a copy
The director cannot say when the film’s shoot will resume. He contradicts trade talk that he is remaking the Kumar Gaurav movie Star.

On another note, he says that Kapur’s wish to do a musical did motivate him to go in for a musical.

“We discussed many ideas, worked on them but eventually agreed on a musical.”

Apparently, he has some issues with Jiah Khan for throwing tantrums and is contemplating replacing her with Katrina Kaif.

Reportedly the producers, the Tauranis of Tips, are even willing to pay Katrina Rs 3.5 crore after the success of Race.

“Jiah is a sweet heart,” Ghosh clarifies. “We don’t have any problems at all. No one is being replaced. It’s just that she’s currently shooting for Ghajini and we’re not sure when we’ll resume shooting. After we get Shahid’s dates, we’ll first coordinate with Jiah. At this moment, I’m not even thinking of options in case Jiah’s dates don’t work out. She’s my first choice. The rumours about Katrina started when Jiah went to shoot for Ghajini.”

On hind sight, does he feel pairing Kareena and Shahid in Fida, was a wrong move.. since they were going steady at the time?

Forget the past

To that the answer is, “When they were signed and started shooting, they weren’t in a relationship. They became a couple in the course of the film and we stuck to our script. The audience was indeed surprised to see Kareena paired with Fardeen Khan and Shahid shooting her in the climax. Anyway, what’s the point in analyzing what went right or wrong with the film now?”

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