Yes, it is true! Apparently, actress Priyanka Chopra, who played the autistic Jhilmil in Anurag Basu's much appreciated Barfi!, grabbed him by the collar and heaped abuses on him on the first day of the acting workshop!
Now, before all you readers out there gasp in shock, let us inform you that it was Basu himself who instructed Piggy Chops to do so. Recalling the incident, Basu said that before starting to work on Barfi!, Basu conducted workshops for the actress as he was unsure about whether she would be able to pull it off. However, on the first day itself, Basu realized that Chopra was very formal and so, he asked her to grab his collar and abuse him, which reportedly helped Priyanka loosen up.
Barfi!, which also starred Ranbir Kapoor, was a sweet love story between a deaf and mute young man and an autistic girl.