Priya Banerjee: My character different from Juhi's in 'Darr' remake

Actress Priya Banerjee, who reprises Juhi Chawla's role in the eponymous remake of 1993 film 'Darr', says her role is quite different from the original character that it is based on.

Priya Banerjee
Priya Banerjee. Pic/IANS

"This is a remake with a twist. Although I play Juhi's part, our roles are very different from each other and that makes the remake stand out," Priya, who is paired with Karanvir Bohra in the film, told IANS.

She's aware there will be comparisons, but considers it an honour to be part of a celebrated film.

"I can already feel lot of pressure and because our roles are being compared, the expectations are very high," she said.

The makers had initially considered Ileana D'Cruz, but destiny worked in Priya's favour.

"They were also in talks with a Pakistani actress, who was almost confirmed. However, things didn't fall in place and they finally approached me. I was shooting for another film and didn't have dates," said Priya, who was moved when the makers adjusted the dates for her.

"It was so nice of them to adjust the whole schedule just for me," she said, adding that when she came on board, she had to juggle between the sets of two films. It was hectic. I had to simultaneously shoot for my other film '3 Dev', which I had signed even before this film," Priya said.

Having completed the first schedule of both the projects, Priya is gearing up for busier months ahead.

"I don't even know how I'm going to manage. When the next schedule starts, I know I'll be shooting for nearly 20 hours a day or even more," she said.

Last seen in Sanjay Gupta's "Jazbaa", in which she played Shabana Azmi's teenager daughter, Priya is equally excited about "3 Dev".

"It's a fun film with a strong social message. I'm so lucky to be working with an ensemble cast featuring Kay Kay, Tisca Chopra and Kunaal Roy Kapur among others," she said.

Priya, who has also worked in Telugu films "Kiss", "Joru" and "Asura", says she will always a soft spot for south industry.

"I'll always be open to doing southern films. It's just that I have a very busy schedule ahead and have no dates for a new project till mid next year. Right after I finish shooting my two Hindi projects, I'll start working on another Hindi film," she signed off.

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