"This was the time when he was just trying to find a foothold in the industry," informs a source, "He had done a few commercials and also featured as a background dancer in Taal. However, he knew in his heart that he had it in him to be a leading hero. After giving multiple auditions and convincing director Ken Ghosh that he was the right fit for the film, he bagged Ishq Vishk."
There wasn't much that came his way from the remuneration perspective though, something that Shahid can joke about today after working with the same production company (TIPS) on Phata Poster Nikhla Hero.
He continues revealing "I was paid Rs. 1.5 lakhs for it. That's hardly any money, but yes I could survive on it for a few days."
Well, from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to several crores that he gets for his films today, one can well say that Shahid has come a long way in the decade gone by.