Chopra says her selection was hardly a surprise, considering she has been working with them for a while. “I have been supporting UNICEF’s efforts in India for the past three years without drawing any media attention. There’s no reason for people to be cynical over my capabilities of performing my duty now that this is official,” she shrugs.
With a moderately packed film schedule starting with her two upcoming releases, Sidharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani on September 24, followed by Vishal Bhardwaj’s Saat Khoon Maaf, Chopra begins beaming when the topic shifts to her career. “Anjaana Anjaani is about two individuals who decide to commit suicide after several failed attempts at love. They come to the same bridge to do so and the ironic encounter becomes the starting point of a long-term friendship,” she says. The promotional posters of the film have created controversy over their resemblance to the 2009 Oscar-nominated British film, An Education, but Chopra says the similarity is unintentional. “It’s just a strange coincidence that the posters look alike. It wasn’t a deliberate move,” she says.
In Saat Khoon Maaf, a noir film, Chopra’s character, Susanna, has seven husbands and she is accused of murdering them one after the other. “It is not as morbid as it sounds. It has the typical treatment of a Vishal Bharadwaj film with several twists and turns. The unique thing is that I am portraying a wide age graph — from a 25-year-old to a 65-year-old woman,” she says. Up next for Chopra are two other films — Farhan Akhtar’s Don-2 and Anurag Basu’s Silence.