Priyanka Chopra: ‘Playing autistic woman was toughest role so far’

Priyanka Chopra has revealed that playing an autistic woman in Barfee has been her most difficult role so far.

The actress plays an autistic, deaf and mute girl in the comedy romance, which also stars Ranbir Kapoor.

She told Hindustan Times: “Getting into the deep dark world of my character gives me the jitters, although Anurag and Ranbir have always helped me get my cues and scenes right.

“Sometimes, I’m just so scared to go on the sets because I turn into someone who is difficult to relate to in a normal situation. I’ve to get into the person’s psyche and act in such a way that I don’t look as if I went overboard or simply overacted.”

Chopra revealed that she had done extensive research for the role and was interested in getting involved in charitable work for autistic people.

She said: “In many cases, I’ve seen that the individual possesses extremely high levels of intelligence. Like someone is excellent at solving mathematical problems without using a calculator or a paper and pen.

“Some are gifted with memory that’s sharper than an elephant’s. Meeting them amazed me. It made me realise that we’re way inferior, although we seem normal.

“Whatever I do, I don’t intend to make noise about it. I haven’t thought of what I’d do, but I have to help these people get their space in society.”

The shoot of Barfee was reportedly delayed because Chopra and co-star Ileana D’Cruz fell out over the size of their respective roles.