In an exclusive interview with Bollywoodlife.com, Priyanka Chopra spoke of her latest role, playing Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. The film which has garnered much attention has received exceptional recognition from fans and film critics alike.
The actress expressed her thoughts upon playing the pivotal role, revealing that she wouldn’t have agreed to the decisions Kashibai makes regarding Bajirao’s relationship with Mastani.
“To play a character that I don’t agree with, as a woman if my husband fell in love with someone else I would say thank you very much, goodbye! I am out! Kashi did that in her own way also, she said I love you enough to see you happy, if you are happy with her please go just don’t come back to my door, which at that time was a big deal. Kashi was forogtten in history , nobody talks about her, nobody knows of her, because Bajirao and Mastani’s story is so forbidden and so epic, and hats off to Sanjay sir for giving her such a strong voice.”
Priyanka went on to discuss, her belief in Bhansali’s cinematic creation of films was what made her determined to play the role even more, despite the director assuming she wouldn’t have accepted it.
“I always knew Kashi was an amazing role, I was the first person to be cast for the film. I remember when I was doing Mary Kom, Sanjay sir said she won’t do it, and we discussed it. For me what was wonderful about Kashi was that am a greedy Sanjay Bhansali fan, am a believer in his world and cinema. I can talk to him for hours about films and his acute understanding of human emotions and that is what Kashi was for me. I used to look forward to coming on the set all dressed up as Kashi. He throws googlys, and am an actor who loves hitting a six when its thrown at me.”
Recounting how she undertook to play Kashibai, Priyanka explained, “My instincts come on, am not a prep or a method actor, I have always been very instinctive. He has such a beautiful understanding of silences and Kashi has no words, so silences were all that I had, my eyes and face, it was like Jhilmil, there wasn’t much she could say it was the 1700′s, so it was a welcome challenge.”