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That missed kiss!

Annu Kapoor, who's playing one of Priyanka Chopra’s seven husbands, speaks on Priyanka’s reservation to lock lips with him in 7 Khoon Maaf.

bollywood Updated: Jan 14, 2011 19:31 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

He’s most famous as the amicable host of Antaakshari, one of the longest running shows in the history of Indian TV. But Annu Kapoor attributes his limited number of screen roles to “lack of good offers.”

Nonetheless, he’s looking forward to the response to his film 7 Khoon Maaf evokes because “Vishal (Director Vishal Bhardwaj) is a brilliant director and it’s not a run-of-the-mill movie.” Not to forget, Kapoor is also playing one of Priyanka Chopra’s seven husbands in this screen adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands.

7 Khoon MaafChopra initially had intimate scenes with Kapoor. But at her behest, Bhardwaj is said to have toned them down and also do away with the kiss between the actors, though she has locked lips with John Abraham in the film. "Priyanka had certain reservations. Her reasoning was that I’m her father’s friend and quite elder to her," he concedes, adding that he’s a professional actor who believes in giving his best shot. "I’m not bothered whether it’s Priyanka Chopra or Meryl Streep," he says wryly.

However, Kapoor tells us that he has, in the past, done intimate scenes in Utsav too. Surprisingly, he also recalls having done a semi-porn movie in the late ’80s. “Out of sheer helplessness,” he says, recalling the time when his secretary told him about the offer. “When I told him that I can’t do such films, he said that we couldn’t refuse bluntly. So I told him to give an excuse of dates or quote a high fee. Much to our shock and horror, the producer agreed. So I had to do it,” he laughs, refusing to reveal the film’s name.

The actor, who has also turned producer with his company Amadeus Entertaiment to make TV shows, reveals that he’s also launching his movie soon. Probe him for details and he clams up: “It’s a black comedy. I won’t be directing or acting in it, unless it’s a majboori (helplessness). Only after the cast is finalised will I be in a position to talk at length about it.”

First Published: Jan 14, 2011 13:48 IST