When ordered to stay in Mumbai to promote Saat Khoon Maaf instead of accompanying the director for its screening in Berlin, the actress had an argument with him
As Saat Khoon Maaf begins its box-office journey today, rumours already suggest that Vishal Bhardwaj has decided to work with Priyanka Chopra again in his next.
That Vishal and Priyanka had a major difference of opinion earlier this week is thus very shocking. What went wrong?
Apparently, Priyanka, who has been promoting the film, was very keen to join Vishal when he left for the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday.
Says a source, “Priyanka really wanted to be in Berlin. After all, Saat Khoon Maaf is as much her film as Vishal’s. She’s the face of the film, which was being screened in the ‘panorama section’ of the Festival.
This was the film’s first screening at an international forum. Naturally, she wanted to be with Vishal at this momentous occasion.”
Vishal, they say, put his foot down and chose not to take Piggy while arguing that she could not leave Mumbai at the time of the release, especially when last-minute promotions had to be in full swing.
Says a source, “Priyanka reasoned with Vishal. She offered to intensify the publicity and finish everything in two days prior to the release date, so she could be in Berlin for the festival.
Even Vishal’s wife Rekha Bhardwaj intervened on Priyanka’s behalf and tried coaxing him to let her come along. But Vishal was adamant. He felt Priyanka’s presence was needed more in Mumbai than in Berlin.”
Vishal left with his wife and the rest of the team for Berlin on Wednesday. The only actor from Saat Khoon Maaf who joined them in Berlin was Anu Kapoor, who spent for his trip himself.
When asked about Priyanka’s exclusion from the screening in Berlin, a member of Vishal’s team says, “Yes, Priyanka was very keen to go. But how could she go? The Berlin screening was on Thursday, just a day before the release in Mumbai.
Vishal insisted she stay back because there were so many media events lined up for her. There was no time because Priyanka had to start shooting for an ad in Madh Island starting Friday.
I don’t think she should take it to heart. We’re sure Saat Khoon Maaf will go to many international festivals where she can be present.”
Meanwhile, we would hope Piggy’s experience in the film has improved her ‘forgiveness’ quotient.