PC says she doesn't relate to Kashi from Bajirao Mastani, yet loved playing the character
Priyanka Chopra's phone has been ringing non stop ever since she landed in Mumbai days after the release of Bajirao Mastani. The film which as PC playing the pivotal role of Kashibai is winning her great praise and appreciation from all quarters. For someone who makes interesting choices in terms of characters, Priyanka didn't agree or relate to Kashi, yet played her effortlessly.
I recently caught up with her where she spoke to me about the phenomenal response to her performance in Bajirao Mastani.
"When I walked into my house, it looked like it was my birthday, it was a garden of flowers and my phone is exploding even now. I was on a flight when the film came out and trials were happening, as I was flying back to India that time and when I landed my phone went crazy. 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."
Describing her approach to play Kashi she added, "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."
Did she agree with the choices Kashi made ? "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."
We couldn't agree more and Priyanka will definitely me on the top of everyone's list come award season next year.
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