Priyanka Chopra, who is not playing the title role in 'Bajirao Mastani', says she has a very challenging role as Kashibai in the film, which she took on only for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
"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," Priyanka said here.
"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.
Priyanka Chopra will be seen playing Bajirao's first wife in the movie.
"It was not easy to do this role. I wanted to get the Maharashtrian accent right and there were many dramatic scenes, which I used to take back home. I am generally a switch on and off actor, but this character was very heart-wrenching."
The film is slated for December 18 release.