In Shonali Bose’s new film where Priyanka Chopra has been cast as Zaira Wasim’s mother, there is a practical compatibility problem: Priyanka doesn’t look old enough to be Zaira Wasim’s mother.
At the same time, Priyanka has no issues playing mother to a grownup daughter as the film deals with a subject she strongly believes in. Says a source close to the project, “Not for a minute did Priyanka hesitate in saying yes to Shonali’s film. The subject grabbed her attention immediately. Nor did she have a problem with playing Zaira Wasim’s mother. The problem is, she looks way too hot and sexy to be an 18-year old’s mother.”
We now hear that the film may resort to prosthetics and makeup to make Priyanka look convincing in the role of a mother. “She has played a mother to a girl nine years ago in Yash raj Film’s Pyaar Impossible. So why would she have problems playing another teenage girl’s other now? The problem is a practical one. How to make this sensuous stunner look like a mother to a 18-year old?” says the source.
Significantly, Meher Vij who is just14 years older than Zaira played her mother in Secret Superstar. It’s interesting that our leading ladies no longer have a problem with playing a mother on screen. A decade ago Aparna Sen had to shelve her Hindi film because no major heroine was willing to play mother to a 12-year-old. Bipasha Basu had almost been finalized when she chickened out at the last minute.