'I've already shot for two days for the untitled film with Shahid Kapur. After that there were scheduling issues. My dates for Ken's film were clashing with Aamir Khan's 'Ghajini'. I couldn't possibly let the Aamir project suffer at any cost. It's my chance to create the impact that I couldn't, for some weird reasons, after Nishabd,' Jiah told IANS.
However, the date problem has been sorted out and Jiah is set to shoot for Ghosh's film.
'I've already given my dates for Ken's shooting. No one has so far informed me that I'm not in the film. So it'd be right for me to presume the project remains as it is.'
As for talk of her over-friendly messages to Shahid, Jiah protests: 'I've just sent him a couple of formal messages saying how much I'm looking forward to working with him. Is that wrong?'
'I'm new to all this. I keep to myself and I've no idea what people do in this industry. I am here only to work.'
Meanwhile, director Ghosh confirmed that Jiah is still in the project.
'I wouldn't like to say much on the matter. I'll let my producers UTV clear all the misunderstanding. But Jiah is very much in the project. This isn't to say that I don't want to work with Katrina Kaif. Of course, I do. Look how hot she's at the box office! We'll work together some other time. It's a small industry.'
But how could Katrina be eligible for a role earmarked for Jiah?
'Why not?' Ghosh shot back. 'Didn't Mr. Bachchan do 'Zanjeer' in place of Dev Anand? And didn't Mr. Bachchan say yes to 'Deewaar' after Rajesh Khanna opted out? These things happen all the time. Like I said, it's a small world.'