Priyanka in Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam
Priyanka Chopra has become the hottest sensation in Bollywood.
After bagging Rakesh Roshan’s prestigious Krrish, opposite Hrithik Roshan, she will be now be doing Pritish Nandy Communications’ Saheb Bibi Gulam (written by Bimal Mitra and directed by Deepa Mehta), essaying the role of the chhoti bahu.
Aishwarya Rai had earlier been pencilled in for the role, but now it seems like date problems are preventing her from doing the role.
It all started with Priyanka’s photo-shoot at Subi Samuel’s studio, where she dressed up as the chhoti malkin. Enthused Rangita Nandy, “Priyanka looked wow dressed in the period costume!”
“Yes, we are certainly considering Priyanka for the role,” affirms Pritish Nandy.
“She is an actress who has suddenly emerged on the scene and shown an amazing histrionic ability. We have serious reason to cast her in Saheb Bibi Gulam. Apart from this, Priyanka is also being considered for another futuristic project of PNC.”
But why did they drop Ash from the film? “Just because we have taken Priyanka doesn’t mean that Ash is not doing the film.
There are two women in the film, chhoti bahu and Jaba, enacted by Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman in Guru Dutt’s Saheb Bibi aur Ghulam. If possible, we might reconsider Ash for either of the roles.
We haven’t reached that stage as yet. Earlier, we had Ash and were looking for another girl now we are sure of Priyanka and looking for another girl to play the role of Jaba. It’s all a factor of dates,” says Pritish.
Will Salman Khan play Bhootnath and Sanjay Dutt the chhoti bahu’s husband? Says Pritish, “If Priyanka comes in as chhoti bahu, we will have to reconstruct the casting. The casting will change. Once we fix the roles of the two women, we will look at the men’s roles.”
Is it true that they are also thinking of replacing Deepa Mehta as director and taking Rituparno Ghosh in her place? “As of now, there is no such issue. It all depends on Deepa’s time. Till such time, she’s very much on the cards,” maintains. The film is set to roll in January 2006.