"It was on the fourth or fifth day of the Dil Chahta Hai shooting that Sanjay Leela Bhansali first met me. It was to discuss his film Devdas (starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai).
He had seen Kandukondein Kandukondein and had liked it. Anil Mehta, the cameraman, had also recommended my name. At the time, Anil was busy with Lagaan.
But I had given dates to Farhan Akthar. I couldn't adjust 15 days for Devdas, having already committed to Dil Chahta Hai. Sanjay could not wait due to Aishwarya Rai's dates. We had to part, promising that we would do the next film together."
Design: Uday Kuckian | Text: Shobha Warrier