After the dance epic London thumakda’ in Queen (2014), director Vikas Bahl has another foot-tapping number in his forthcoming film, Shaandaar. The song Gulabo has Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor dancing their hearts out alongside Shahid’s sister, Sanah. But much as they complement each other, there was also a sense of competition between the two stars.
Alia candidly admits to being nervous at the thought of matching steps with an acknowledged dancer like Shahid. She says, “Gulaabo was the first song we danced together to. I was damn nervous because I was dancing with Shahid. Even with just 10 per cent of his dancing skills, he looks great on stage. So, I had to match up to him.”
The actress has sported a moustache-and-suit look for the song and has done her best to make an dhamkedhaar impact in the song. She says, “I have to say Shahid also helped me a lot. Bosco (the choreographer) used to say that I have penguin feet. At one time, I even burst out crying. I worked very hard.”
Shahid laughs that Alia’s spirit of competition even got the better of her. He says, “I thought Alia and I had become pretty close friends and so we would spend time together, like go to the coffee shop. Every day we used to hang out after shooting but suddenly one day when I messaged her ‘Alia watsup, I am feeling bored’ I got no response! Later, I found out she had sneaked away to rehearse for Gulabo. She used to go without telling me because she had this big keeda that I wanted to be better.”