Priyanka Chopra has been hard at work filming almost constantly and has been on location for almost six months. The two films that are keeping the star so busy are Anjaana Anjaani with Ranbir Kapoor and the just wrapped Saath Khoon Maaf directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The actress recently sat down with Mid-day to talk about working on Saath Khoon Maaf and other filmi things and we have some highlights from that interview.
About Saath Khoon Maaf, which she calls one of her most difficult films she said, “I play a character who progresses from the age of 20 to 65. So, it’s easily one of my most difficult films. It’s very difficult to maintain a graph. Also, Vishal has very high expectations from his actors, which adds to the pressure. And to top it all, the make up used to take five hours every day. We used to start make up at 2 am and shoot till 10 o’ clock in the night.”
Priyanka went on to explain more about the make-up required to make her go from 20 to 65 and especially the prosthetics she had to wear, “It’s the worst thing for your skin! It was extremely tedious. While the make up is being applied, you can’t move, talk, or eat. Your entire skin is being stretched to create wrinkles. They use alcohol, latex and other harsh products on my skin and I used to feel like I am wearing a clay mask the whole day. Then, after shooting, it used to take another hour and a half to remove it. After pack up I would stay back after every body else left just to take it off. It was extremely tiring.” She added that it was very difficult to look at herself made up to look 65.
About working with one of the best directors in India, Vishal Bhardwaj, Priyanka of course had nothing but praise for him, “I adore Vishal sir, I think he’s one of the greatest filmmakers India has. Hopefully SKM will be one of those films which he will be proud of. I don’t think I would want him to call me his muse, but it’s been great working with him.”
The actress has been shooting outside of Mumbai for the last six months but she says she takes things with her so she does not get homesick, “I was away for Anjaana Anjaani and then I came back and headed to Kashmir and Coorg for Saat Khoon Maaf. As for feeling home sick, my family comes and visits. And I carry my home with me — pictures, things I am comfortable in etc.. I travel with as many as seven suitcases. I love the outdoors and going out of Mumbai. The experience of going to a new place and discovering it makes it worthwhile.”
So, what is coming up next for the actress? “Right now, I am doing Khatron Ke Khiladi, followed by Don 2, then Anurag’s (Basu) film which will go on till about March. After that I am a little stuck between 4-5 films that I have been offered. The problem is my dates. In Anurag’s film I have a complicated character, so I need prep time for that. Whichever film I do after that has to be really exciting, but the problem is they are all very good and it’s tough to choose!”
Apparently the rumored Bride Wars remake is still on but she is not sure when that one will go to the floor. As for other Hollywood remakes Priyanka says she would like to do Serendipity, but since that was done in Milenge Milenge she says she would love to play Renee Zellweger’s role in Jerry Maguire.
As for when you can see Priyanka on the big screen Anjaani Anjaani is set for release on September 24th, however you will have to wait until January of 2011 to see her in Saath Khoon Maaf. We will keep you update on all the Priyanka Chopra news so watch this space for more!