Shashant Shah: 'It's Akshay not Mahesh'


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, May 1 -- She has denied it but speculation is rife that Mahesh Bhupathi has done a cameo in wife Lara Dutta's debut production, Chalo Dilli, after the tennis ace during a promotional campaign in the Capital, admitted as much. But director, Shashant Shah, insists that the rumours are untrue.

"The media had been asking Mahesh if he's acting in the film so he just gave them a half answer during the Delhi Daredevils IPL match. I'd love to work with him some day but in Challo Dilli, it's a top movie star who's made a guest appearance," said Shah.

Quiz him on the identity of the actor and Shah says it could be any one of Lara's co-stars from Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar. Though he refuses to confirm but apparently it's Akshay, Lara's first co-star from Andaaz. Shah's been working on two other scripts and would love to collaborate with Eros International, Bhupati's Big Daddy Productions and Lara's Bheegi Basanti Entertainment on his second movie too.

He recalls how after the first cut of Chalo Dilli was screened, the unit had a party at Vinay Pathak's place. "I was discussing how we could up the pace of the film when Mahesh walked in asking if we were on to our next film. When told I was still on Chalo Dilli, he insisted I give him a new script to produce. He was in the middle of planning his marriage and honeymoon at the time and already thinking of his next production," says Shah in admiration of Bhupathi.