Genelia D’Souza would be beginning 2010 – all set to be an eventful year for her in Bollywood – with Chance Pe Dance and one assumes that since the film looks good enough to be hitting the bull’s eye, she has all the right reasons to be positive. More so because quite a few romcoms in recent times have been doing fairly well, especially with Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Love Aaj Kal and her own Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa are the biggest examples to substantiate the claim. In such market scenario, it seems like the safest bet to follow the trend and Chance Pe Dance just about fits the bill.
“That’s right, but honestly I am still in the process of understanding the industry”, she says in a cautious tone, “This entire gap between my earlier stint and now has taught me a lot of things. Yes, my new innings in Bollywood has been good but I still don’t wish to be over confident and take success for granted.”
Ask her if before signing Chance Pe Dance she checked out Ken’s earlier efforts and she states in affirmation, “I loved Ishq Vishk and in fact I also liked Fida. Really, I don’t know why the film didn’t work at the box office. I still remember all the colours, dances as well as a good act by everyone in the film. May be it was destined that way.”
A firm believer in destiny, she is also quite cautious when it comes to the box office outcome of her own films. Even though she is (fortunately) yet to encounter a flop in Bollywood with last couple of years being extremely good for her. Her Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa was a super hit, Life Partner was an average earner while Mere Baap Pehle Aap too managed to be a coverage affair. Still, her good experience down South has taught her to be firmly placed on ground.
Perhaps she has wised up after her Life Partner experience where she had almost encountered failure before a miraculous escalation in collections helped the film eventually manage a face saving outing. When released alongside with Shahid Kapoor starrer Kaminey last year, this Abbas Mustan production seemed all set to fade away into oblivion before some decent word of mouth resulted in audiences trickling in.
“I know, it was so scary”, comments Genelia in that characteristic animated tone of hers, “We opened to almost nothing while Kaminey was all over. It seemed like we had lost it all but thankfully the film picked up over the next few days. It ultimately turned out to be a safe venture for all, courtesy and all around patronage that the film got from family audiences.”
Meanwhile, she refuses to be drawn into the controversy surrounding Jiah Khan’s exit and her subsequent entry into Chance Pe Dance. Bollywood followers would remember that Jiah was asked to leave after a substantial portion of the film was already shot. Reason stated was ‘change in characterisation’.
“All I know is that the film was good, my role was good, I was getting a good setup to be a part of and there were no ugly confrontations involved. By no means was it a matter of taking over from somebody else”, is all that Genelia is willing to comment.
A UTV Motion Pictures production, Chance Pe Dance sees Genelia and Shahid pairing up for the first time on screen. The film is enjoying a solo release on 15th January.