Vivaan Shah, the son of famous actor, Naseeruddin Shah, made his debut in Priyanka Chopra starrer 7 Khoon Maaf. In the movie, Vivaan played the role of Arun, who has been brought up by a beautiful Anglo-Indian woman, Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes played by Priyanka Chopra. In an interview with Patcy Nair of Rediff, the young man talks about his experience about working in the movie.
Vishal Bhardwaj the director of the movie knew Vivaan from a very young age. Vishal and Naseeruddin Shah played in the same cricket team and are close friends. Vishal Bhardwaj observed Vivaan for sometime and then one day called him to his office and asked him to give an audition.Vivaan even got few acting tips from Priyanka Chopra. He said,
I was very nervous. It was a difficult experience.
The sets were intimidating. It was difficult to execute what you had planed and worked out. For that, I owe it all to Priyanka, the amount she helped me, and the advice she gave me. She taught me how to be at ease and not let things bother you, how to be calm and not nervous, and how to contain your thoughts.
She sensed that I was a lost cause initially. She gave me training on professionalism.
Vishalji would also guide me. But a director cannot constantly be in charge of the actors, as there are so many other things to do.
Vivaan’s father Naseeruddin also worked in the movie and Naseeruddin Shah is a highly accomplished actor. When asked if he felt nervous when his father was on the set Vivaan said that he was not afraid but it his presence motivated him.