Deepika Padukone is the new Queen of the 100 crore club. The Bollywood diva is all excited about her new flick Ram Leela which has been shot mostly in Gujarat. In Ahmedabad, Deepika rushed into a Dandy Night and here’s what she had to say to a few questions.
When asked about her experience of shooting in Gujarat, she said, “It was awesome shooting in Kutch. It’s a beautiful place and I totally enjoyed the Gujarati feel that the movie captures. I’m familiar with Gujarati culture since childhood — I have lots of Gujarati friends, the food’s awesome and with this movie I could understand a lot more about Gujaratis. Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) sir’s meticulous research and his eye for detail is commendable. Unfortunately, I couldn’t devote much time to research for the role as I had very tight schedule.”
The song Nagada Sang Dhol is a massive hit in this year’s Navratri nights and the fans just can’t get enough of her. “I must confess — it was extremely difficult to learn garba. I had to rehearse for 10-15 days to get the steps right. I don’t know how Gujaratis manage to do it with such effortless ease“, she said.
When asked about her success with Chennai Express and if Shahrukh Khan has been a lucky charm for her and her career, she said, “I don’t know, but working with Shah Rukh has always been special. There’s so much to learn from him and it felt as delightful to work with him after five long years as it was in Om Shanti Om. He always tells me to cherish the experience of film-making, as we invest so many months in a movie, so it is important to make it the best one. And this is one rule I follow!”
Deepika Padukone is one actress who can develop a chemistry with almost every actor she’s worked with. When she was asked how she manages that, she modestly said, “Building screen chemistry with a co-actor is the most essential factor in a film. My screen vibes with Saif (Cocktail), Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani) or Ranveer (Ram-Leela) — have been appreciated, but all these movies had a great story-line, nice dialogues and above all director’s perception to get the best from the lead couple. And that works for me and my co-stars.”