When it comes to love-making scenes Neil Nitin Mukesh has still a long way to go. So it was discovered when Neil landed up in Coorg last month to play the first of Priyanka Chopra’s seven husbands in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf. During the love-making scene Priyanka had to put all her acting skills into action to get the shy Neil to perform at par with her.
Apparently, there are seven love-making sequences for the actress with her seven screen husbands, each of different moods and playing-time.
The love scene with Neil turned out to be somewhat more complicated than he had bargained for.
That’s when Neil panicked.
Thorough professional that she is Priyanka sailed through the love scenes with her other screen husbands. With Neil there was apparently some awkwardness and after much re-takes the shot was okayed.
Neil doesn’t deny the absence of an adequate comfort level with Priyanka. “But that’s because I hardly got to know her before working with her in Coorg. It was like…in and out. We didn’t get to know one another at all. I hardly had time to reach Coorg before we started shooting. There was no time for proper rehearsals”.
Neil can’t help compare his inadequate chemistry with Priyanka to his great rapport with Deepika Padukone during the shooting of Lafangey Parindey.
Lighting up like a cigarette in the dark Neil glows, “Oh, with Deepika it was different. It was just the two of us. We had ample time to know one another before we faced the camera. In Saat Khoon Maaf I am just one of the seven men in Priyanka’s life. It was almost like Aadmi musafir hai aata hai jaata hai”.
Having said that Neil is all praise for Priyanka and Vishal Bharadwaj. “She is amazing on camera. I just loved watching her give her shots. As for Vishal Bharadwaj just being directed by him is a learning experience.”
Coming back to the love scene in Saat Khoon Maaf Neil protests, “It isn’t as if I was camera shy. I just didn’t get enough time to get comfortable. I’ve done a love-making scene earlier with Rimi Sen in my first film Johnny Gaddar.”
– Subhash K. Jha/Sampurn Wire