Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastaniare set for a box office clash on December 18, but actress Priyanka Chopra feels the two films are not competing with each other as they are different in terms of content.
The Rohit Shetty-directed film brings back iconic onscreen couple Shah Rukh and Kajol after five years. Bajirao Mastani stars Ranveer Singh as Maratha General Peshwa Bajirao I, Deepika Padukone as his second wife Mastani, while Priyanka plays the role of his first wife Kashibai.
“I don’t think we are competing. I think both are beautiful and different kind of films. The genres of both the films are different, made by two prolific filmmakers. It has been made out as a competition, but it is not,” Priyanka told reporters at an event for the promotion of Bajirao Mastani.
“Being a part of this film, I would try to promote it as much as I can. We have Bajirao and Mastani, Sanjay sir and I to promote the film. But, this product doesn’t need much promotion. When it is played, it speaks for itself,” she said.
The 33-year-old Mary Kom actress revealed that she was the first one to be cast for Bajirao Mastani.
“I was the first one to be finalised for this film. I knew I was to play Kashibai. We were shooting for Mary Kom when Bhansali sir told me about this film. I never knew who would play Bajirao and Mastani,” Priyanka said.
“For me it was tempting to play a character (Kashibai) as it never got voice in history. I have always played strong characters. It was difficult to play a gentle character like this. But I would be open to play Bajirao and Mastani,” she said.
Priyanka is also busy shooting in the US for her TV show Quantico and back home in India she is promoting Bajirao Mastani.
“My shooting (for Bajirao Mastani) was over before I started Quantico. There was little work that was left, and for that I used come from US and complete my part. The film started at Kashi vila and then we finished my major chunk, then shooting of Bajirao and Mastani began,” she said.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha, who has teamed up with Priyanka for the sequel of Gangaajal, recently said that he hopes that Priyanka’s fame will help her films get more love from audience here.
On this, Priyanka said: “I hope my films benefit from my previous work as an actor.”