When Chunky Pandey thought he would not get a role in Begum Jaan

Published:April 13, 2017 2:04 pm

Srijit Mukherji was that he wanted Chunky Pandey to play the evil part in Begum Jaan. He wanted me to lose real Chunky Pandey… he wanted the world to see my evil side. Also read |Begum Jaan trailer: Vidya Balan is up in arms to save her pride in the most fierce manner. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now I had to be best. “After the release of ‘Housefull’, I was auditioning for ‘Begum Jaan’ and people on the sets were telling me to say dialogues like ‘Aakhri Pasta’ (his character in ‘Housefull’). But to do something like this is crazy. You don’t get a film like ‘Begum Jaan’ everyday in your career. It came very naturally to me and I am most scared about that,” he says. Calling them power house performers, Chunky says, “These are actors with whom you have to be on your toes. It was a delight to work with them.” Srijit’s 1947-set film Begum Jaan which is a remake of his Bengali movie Rajkahini, will release this Friday. “I was little resistant (about the look) after seeing myself I was happy. Srijit compelled me to lose my identity, with this creepy, almost-bald look. “My wife couldn’t recognise me. Chunky, who is known for his comic timing, is playing a villainous character of Kabir in the Vidya Balan starrer but the actor says it was not tough for him to get into the dark zone. Chunky Pandey has stunned everyone as a menacing guy in Begum Jaan trailer, and the actor says he was not sure if he would get that part in the film. I was earlier asked to cut my hair short, later Srijit just took all my hair off he also asked me to shave off my eyebrows. She always thought I am a villain and I had to prove her right so I did ‘Begum Jaan’,” he says. I told him no as I was travelling for work and could be stopped at immigration.”
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He believes his ‘repulsive role’ will get him critical acclaim, something he says he misses since his Tezaab days. He saw the evilness in me and he wanted to bring that out in ‘Begum Jaan’,” he says. The whole personality has changed. You have to up your performance. Evil will always exist in this world. At the back of my mind I thought I would not get the film,” Chunky told PTI. Watch video
“He is not a villain… this is the face of evil. “But Srijit was sure he wanted me to play this evil part. I always had a wicked streak in me, the sadist side in me also comes in my comedy films. Sporting a bald pate, kohl-lined eyes and tobacco-stained teeth, Chunky reveals his wife failed to recognise him in this new avatar. The film also features Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi and Gauahar Khan.