Priyanka Chopra: 'Item song? Not me!'

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Sept. 13 -- Few days ago, it was speculated that Priyanka Chopra has shot a peppy song and a crucial action scene with Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt for RA.One. The film's leading lady, Kareena Kapoor, it was said, despite making tall claims about being unperturbed, was unhappy about the cameo.

Priyanka admits she has shot a crucial scene with Sanjay Dutt, but denies it's an item song. "It's just a scene. And I don't see why anyone should be running worried about it. We all have our plates full. We're all professionals here. We're not school kids, please," she rues. Apparently, being a close friend, Shah Rukh had asked her to come on board for the stylised stunt-based scene, created with Sanjay and her in mind. "There's just a month to go for the film. I'd like people to find out on their own if I really share screen space with Shah Rukh or not. I won't deny that he was on the sets when I was shooting, but I share screen-space with Sanju sir. If I told you everything right away, wouldn't it break the suspense too soon," laughs Priyanka, who has recently shot an episode of Live My Life for UTV Stars.

The actor spent two days, including her birthday in July, shooting the said sequence. She recalls that Sanjay and Shah Rukh together pulled a prank on her that had her in tears. "I had just landed from America. It was a complicated costume and I hadn't even done the fittings. So, I headed to the sets where Manish (designer Malhotra) checked the measurements and sent the costume for alteration," reminisces Priyanka.

"Meanwhile, I checked with Anubhav (director Sinha) and Shah Rukh if everything was fine. They seemed cool and continued with the shoot. By the time I was ready, I was three hours late. I profusely apologised to them, but they asked me to apologise to Sanju sir instead. I didn't want to go because I'm scared of him, but they pushed me to do it." When Sanjay responded rudely, Priyanka broke down. "He sounded so upset that I couldn't hold on. When he saw me crying, he yelled out to Shah Rukh. He said, 'Arrey maine nahi kiya!'(I didn't do it)," she giggles. "Shah Rukh, meanwhile, went and hid behind someone to watch from a distance. Eventually, we completed the shoot as per schedule and let me make it clear again, no one is upset!"