Mumbai: Seeing stepmom Supriya Pathak's prominent contribution towards every department of Mausam, Shahid Kapoor has persuaded his producers to bill her as the associate director for the movie.

Endless support

According to members of the film's primary crew, Pathak has contributed enormously in shaping the film that is being directed by Pankaj Kapur.

Says a source, "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say the Shahid-Sonam Kapoor starrer couldn't have been made without Supriyaji.

From the lighting to the script and dialogues, to making sure that the actors have their lines ready, to adjusting their clothes, to making sure Pankaj has his medicines and meals on time, she has been the driving-force of the film."

Producer Sheetal Talwar reluctantly admits, "Yes, we are thinking of something on those lines (to bill Pathak as associate director)."

A loving relationship

A lovely offshoot of the shoot was the great camaraderie that was noticed between the veteran actress and Shahid.

Says the source, "The actor treats her like his own mother. He is so gentle and considerate. There was one incident on location when Shahid, Supriyaji and a few crew members were conversing.
One member interrupted her when she was talking. Shahid shut the guy up, turned back to her and smiled saying 'Toh aap kya keh rahi thi?’ It was such a small but thoughtful gesture."

Turning director

Apparently, Pathak has also decided to plunge into direction and might make her own movie, soon.
Says the source, "We were truly surprised at how well she understands the camera. Yes, she is ready to direct a film." Both Shahid and Supriya were not available for comment.