When Sanjay hates Shahid
Dutt seems to be holding a long standing grudge on Shahid Kapoor. The
exact reason is unknown but it was Dutt who put his foot down when the
makers of his film Kidnap, Shree Ashtavinayak Productions put forth
Shahid Kapoor's name as his co-star for the film.
Sources reveal, "This all happened over an year back
when the casting of the film was being finalised. Dutt was already on
board and hunt for the second lead, a much younger hero was going on.
But when Shahid's name cropped up, Sanju baba told the Ashtavinayak
bosses that he was not willing to work along with Shahid. He would
prefer any newcomer for the role but Shahid. In a tizzy after this
surprising reaction by Dutt, the official put forth options of Kunal
Khemmu and Harman Baweja. But then that time the director of the film,
Sanjay Gadhvi (Dhoom and Dhoom 2) suggested Imran Khan's name. That
time his Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was under production and Gadhvi had
probably seen rushes of the film and was all set for getting Imran in
his film. When Dutt was told about Imran, he okayed him. A few video
tests were taken of Imran wherein the talented youngster impressed them
all and he was in the project."
Industry sources claim Sanjay Dutt was pissed off by
Shahid's behaviour during the making of their only film together, Vaah!
Life Ho To Aisi (2005) which was a massive flop at the box office. Dutt
was perhaps offended by Shahid not treating him like a major senior
co-star and mostly keeping it to himself on the sets. There is also
talk that since Salman hates Shahid bigtime after the Rockstars tour in
2006, where Shahid entered the wrong books of Salman by trying to teach
him how to dance, Sanjay Dutt was just trying to please Salman by
refusing a film with Shahid.