Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani
Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani

Priyanka Chopra is a busy actress. The actress has been working day and night to for the last few months to complete her running assignments which include ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Quantico’ and ‘Jai Gangajal. The actress was recently in Mumbai for Bajirao Mastani’s promotion and when asked why did you agree to play Kashibai?

The actress said, “I did this film for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I know you all will ask me, ‘Mastani is played by Deepika (Padukone), and Bajirao is played by Ranveer (Singh). So why did you do this film?’ Let me tell you, I was the first person to be cast in this film. I remember Sanjay came to me with this script and he was clear he wanted me to do this film.

“I thought Kashibai’s character was very heart-breaking. This is a feminine character and it was very challenging for me to do the role. It’s a special film for me. I am just super excited to be part of it,” she added.

Talking about her character in the movie, Priyanka added, “Kashibai loved Bajirao and her love was snatched away from her. Her pride was snatched away. And this is a story that occurred in the 17th century. I found it challenging to play a character based on a person about whom history has not much to say and whose story is not much discussed.

Bajirao Mastani stars Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie is slated for release on 18 Dec 2015.