Shahid has been an unabashed fan of Aamir Khan ever since he became an actor. Now in choreographer-turned-producer and Shahid's close friend Ahmed Khan's upcoming film Paathshaala, being directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali's erstwhile assistant Milind Ukey, Shahid gets to pay a tribute to his favourite actor.
In this unconventionally-plotted and designed film, Shahid plays an English and music teacher who comes into the lives of a group of young troubled students. The similarities to Taare Zameen Par are delightfully direct.
Ahmed Khan doesn't deny the fact that Taare Zameen Par has made a huge difference to the way we look at movie entertainment and at the parent-child relationship.
"I'd happily admit that Paathshaala is inspired by Taare Zameen Par, except for the fact that Paathshala was conceived and written a year ago. It's about a sensitive nurturing teacher's interaction with a group of kids.