Priyanka Chopra, who brought in her 28th birthday with her girlfriends at a secret holiday spot, has finally finished shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf. She is as excited about playing a character that grows from a girl in her 20s to a 65-year-old-woman, as she is about killing her seven husbands.
Based on Ruskin Bond’s short story, Susanna’s Seven Husbands, Bhardwaj’s movie sees Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Russian actor Alexander Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor and Vivaan Shah play Chopra’s seven husbands at different points in time, whom she murders one by one.
While Naseer plays her oldest husband, his 20-year-old son Vivaan plays the youngest.
Chopra is unperturbed about her image undergoing a change in the minds of the audience after they see her killing seven men. “It’s every wife’s dream,” she jokes when asked about turning a ‘qaatil patni’ for a change. On being questioned who was the easiest and the most difficult to kill, she replies, “None of them. And it’s not a joke,” with a straight face.
Probed further to name one husband she would have liked to spare out of mercy and she chuckles, “They all deserve to die.” On a serious note, she concedes that in reality, she couldn’t relate to her character at all.
At the same time, she says that she discovered her jovial side when she was disconnected from the world in Coorg, where mobile reception was low. “Spending time with myself, I learnt that I was the naughtiest person at the shoot,” she says, adding that she discovered the funny side of director Bhardwaj too. “He has a great sense of humour. I’d say his humour is very quirky and not everyone can understand it in an instant.”
So while the filmmaker would be focussed only at work during the week, he’d also induge in ‘mauj-masti’ during the weekend when the team would take a day’s break from work.
Girl to a woman
“As a director, Vishal is focussed,” Chopra says. “His entire being is one with the film. And the night before our weekly break, he’d regale us all with his singing. Someone would play the guitar, and Vishal sir, Usha ma’am (Usha Uthup), I and everyone else would sing. These parties would keep us going for the rest of the week.”
The actress who won the Best Actress National Award for her performance in Fashion, says she’s glad to be doing a film like Saat Khoon Maaf.
“I’m in my 20s. It’s challenging for me to play a 65-year-old woman because I have to not only enact it convincingly, but also look the age,” she says. “It will be easier for me to look 65 when I’m 35, because by that age, one becomes a woman.”
Chopra, who had to put on five kilos for the said portion in the movie, worked out to lose weight soon after. Tell her that John Abraham was warned against the hazards of losing and gaining muscle and weight in quick succession for a role, and the actress says she doesn’t think much about it. “I’m a healthy, strong Punjabi girl. I enjoy working. So what’s the problem with being a workaholic?” she asks.