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John free from Saat Khoon Maaf

entertainment Updated: May 06, 2010 16:56 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
Highlight Story Abraham, who flew to the city for a brand promotion late last week, has resumed shooting in Coorg for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, with Priyanka Chopra, his co-star in Dostana and Karam. The actor plays one of Chopra’s seven husbands in the movie-version of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, being directed by Bhardwaj.

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A month ago, buzz was that south superstar Mohanlal had been approached for the same role but he opted out because he didn’t have the required dates in his diary. Before that, the character had also been offered to Naseeruddin Shah, who played Arshad Warsi’s uncle in Bhardwaj’s production, Ishqiya, recently. However, he couldn’t accept Saat Khoon... for various reasons. "I’ve already started shooting for Saat Khoon Maaf. I’ve finished five days of work, six more to go. If everything goes as planned, I should be back in the city in the first half of the next week. Otherwise, I may have to extend the stay," says Abraham, pointing out that Chopra is away in the capital with her family, mourning the sudden demise of her paternal grandmother.

Without revealing much about the character, Abraham says that he’s extremely happy with his decision to do the film. “I trust Vishal’s vision. And seriously, I’m having a blast shooting this movie. He had told me that I should do this film if I wanted to do one just for the kicks. He was right,” states Abraham, who’s working for the first time with Bhardwaj.As of now, Neil Nitin Mukesh, last seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail, and Irrfan Khan, last seen in New York, are the other two actors who are playing Priyanka Chopra’s husbands in the film.

If rumours are to be believed, Chopra has a negative role in Saat Khoon Maaf. If it’s true, then it’s the third time that she’d be seen in a grey character. She’s earlier played a negative role in Aitraaz, opposite Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, and in Yakeen, opposite Arjun Rampal.