On Monday night, Priyanka Chopra flew off to Brazil with her band of boys for her reality show,
Khatron Ke Khiladi
. Knowing her tight schedule, her
producer, Sajid Nadiadwala, was on tenterhooks, wondering if she would finish dubbing her portions for his film before she was called away to host the
Fear Factor. The actress had been down with a viral infection. She had a bad throat and could barely croak. But she assured Nadiadwala that she would report for dubbing the next day.
“She kept her word. The previous day, she had sipped hot water all day to clear her throat, and finished the dubbing in one day,” says Nadiadwala, all praise for his leading lady who has been professionalism personified since she started working for his banner in
Mujhse Shaadi Karoge
. “Priyanka is one of the most committed and co-operative stars I’ve worked with. Would you believe it, she wrapped up a six-day schedule before time despite all the
(fun and games) she does on the sets,” says Nadiadwala.
He also recalls Chopra turning up to shoot
Tumse he tumse…
at Mumbai’s Essel World two weeks ago. This song has travelled across the US, with different choreographers and DOPs (Directors of Photography), from New York to Vegas, ending up at the city’s amusement park in its last leg. That day too, the actress was seriously unwell and almost speechless. But she was there at 9.30 am and refused to even break for lunch. She only packed up after the song was finally in the cans.
Her co-star, Ranbir Kapoor, matched her professionalism, step for step. Kapoor, who’s trying to juggle several assignments simultaneously, reported for duty immediately after returning home from the film’s US shoot. The rest of the cast and crew had taken a two-day break to recover from the jet lag, but Kapoor was ready to forgo that luxury. He wanted to finish the dubbing before he was called away for another commitment.
“He not only finished his dubbing in two days, on the last day of the shoot, he also rushed through eight costume changes without a break, so we could wrap up the film that day,” says Nadiadwala. Siddharth Anand, the film’s young director, is equally delighted with his darling duo who even locked lips with minimum fuss. “The kiss was imperative to the story and not meant only to titillate,” says Anand. “Once they realised that it was required, they went about it like mature, confident adults.”