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Leeches In Coorg Jungle Feast On Priyanka's Blood

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who is currently shooting in the jungles of Coorg in Karnataka has no connectivity, no television, no parties. She confesses to having no social life while she's tucked away in the
PTI May 25, 2010 13:21 IST
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Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who is currently shooting in the jungles of Coorg in Karnataka has no connectivity, no television, no parties. She confesses to having no social life while she's tucked away in the jungles, where she has been shooting for the past month for Vishal Bhardwaj's Saat Khoon Maaf.  

During this self-imposed isolation, Priyanka had to fight off leeches that are merrily feasting on her blood. She is able to read and work on her character as there are no distractions, says a media report.  

On being contacted over a local Coorg phone number, Priyanka said:  “This has been my longest innings away from family friends and a social life, unless of course you count the company of the leeches. I haven't been able to keep in touch with anyone at all except for that one day when I had to fly to Delhi for my grandmother's funeral.”  

Priyanka's mom recently went to Coorg to spend time with her daughter. “But that was for just a brief while,” she says, “But my three closest friends are expected in Coorg very soon.” 



Priyanka has been shooting nonstop. She says, “There is no time to think about anything except work and sleep. And yes, I've been reading a lot of books and scripts. Otherwise, I'm totally focused on getting my character right.”  

And this time Priyanka has plenty to get right. She says, “In a way, the lack of distraction is ideal. Saat Khoon Maaf is my biggest challenge to date. I don't know if I can pull it off. But the fact that there's only the work to focus on is definitely helping.”

Priyanka not only has to play a woman who murders her husbands, she also has to age to 60. Says Priyanka, “Playing a murderer is not the biggest challenge. I've to get into the psyche of a woman who ages 40 years in the span of the film.” Priyanka has been going through various transitional phases with the help of books, prosthetics and of course, “Vishal sir”  

She confesses, “In Saat Khoon Maaf my character ages from 20 to 60. That's really tricky. We've done a looks test of me at 60. Will I look hot as a 60-year old? I hope so.”  

She laughs, then gets serious. “I feel a lot of responsibility has been put on me. And I'm very tense about getting it right. But I can really depend on Vishal Sir.”  

Priyanka is all praise for her director. She gushes, “Here I need a lot more guidance than Kaminey. After two films, I share a relationship with Vishal Sir that I haven't shared with any other director. We understand each other instinctively. I feel very flattered by the fact that he's making his first woman-centric film with me.”