Priyanka Chopra has been active as an actor for the past two decades, but her 2004 film Aitraaz is still considered one of the best works of her career. Producer Suneel Darshan, who collaborated with the actor on one of her early films Andaaz, recently revealed that the actor cried after she was offered to play a negative character in Aitraaz. Read also| Priyanka Chopra Says She’s Finally Getting The Roles After 10 Years In The US
The Abbas-Mustan film, which was loosely based on the Hollywood film Disclosure, starred Akshay Kumar as Raj Malhotra who is accused of sexual harassment by his ex-girlfriend Sonia Kapoor, played by Priyanka Chopra. It also featured Kareena Kapoor as Akshay’s wife, who is also fighting his case in court. The film ends with Priyanka’s Sonia committing suicide after losing her case and her husband filing for divorce from her.
In a recent conversation with Siddharth Kannan, producer Suneel Darshan revealed that neither Akshay nor Priyanka were initially enthusiastic about the idea of making the film. He said: “Akshay and Priyanka both didn’t want to make the movie. But I used my bonding with them to see them come in. Akshay was having trouble with the finances, I said ‘what does a little less or more money matter in a movie? , think about the project.’ And Priyanka Chopra, she said she was approached for the role of a vampire and she was so upset, she cried, she went home and she went to sleep.”
Suneel further recalled, “I told you to come back to the office after you wake up. She was here and I urged her that it was important for her to play the part. I thought I drilled it into her head, and yes, it was great for them to be in Aitraaz.”
Aitraaz earned Priyanka critical acclaim and was called a breakthrough role in her career. The actor later described it as the “greatest learning experience of her career.” She was last seen in the 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections and has a number of projects in the pipeline, including Farhan Akhtar’s Jee Le Zaraa alongside Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt.