Irrfan had started his career as a film actor with the role of a love-stuck poet in Govind Nihalani's Drishti where he had got to make love to the older woman, the beautiful Dimple Kapadia.
In Saat Khoon Maaf again, Irrfan plays a besotted lover-boy, this time wooing Priyanka Chopra. And to help Irrfan get passionately poetic, there's the inimitable Gulzar's poetry that would be used for Irrfan's character. Gulzar Saab has apparently written some of his most romantic lines ever for Irrfan to woo Priyanka with. A diehard Gulzar fan, Priyanka can't wait to be wooed with the luscious poetry that Irrfan would be reciting.
The trick is to make Irrfan look much younger than his age for the role of the Cupid-challenged poet. The makeup artiste has been working since last week on Irrfan's face and body language to arrive at a look that would knock at least ten years off Irrfan's actual age.
Says Irrfan, "I play a shayar who is completely in love with Priyanka Chopra. Yes, the makeup artiste has worked out a look around my strange face so that for the first time I look different. In any case if one has to woo Priyanka, one automatically glows with romantic enthusiasm. She's very inspiring."
Says the actor, "I can't reveal any more about my character. But I must thank Vishal Bhardwaj for allowing me to court two of the most beautiful women on screen. It was Tabu in Maqbool and now Priyanka in this film."