Hardly a few days back, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were at their candid best during a recent interview
When asked Ranveer if people get confused his with Ranbir and if he considers Ranbir Kapoor to be his competition..
Ranveer replies saying, “Yes, all the time! It can be confusing, especially if you are not a follower of Hindi films, as our names sound similar. I remember during the promotions of Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, there were these two guys arguing with each other as to who was I. ‘Yeh toh Ranbir Kapoor ke chhote bhai hai’ said one! As for the answer to your second question, Ranbir has set the benchmark and is leading the way for all young actors. His films have delivered and his performances have been fantastic. I have great respect and admiration for him.”
When we questioned him about the sexual tension between him and Deepika in the trailers of Ram Leela..
Ranveer singh said, “You will see it even more in the film. I knew ‘it’ was there as it was on paper. After the first narration, I immediately went to meet Mr Bhansali and said, ‘Sir, there’s a lot of ‘that’ in this.’ He was like, ‘Yeah baby, that’s the way it is’. He has created a world where the people are very raw and passionate. And I am only too happy that I got such a wonderful, professional co-star who doesn’t have hang-ups. Otherwise, it can get very difficult to do such scenes with somebody who’s cagey.”
When asked if anything funny happened while you guys were shooting the intimate scenes?
Deepika immediately said, “Before every shot, he’d spray deo under his shoes, inside his socks, between his toes, behind his back, under his ear…it was hilarious! He has definitely got an OCD problem — he actually brushes his teeth on the set.”
Ranveer then pitched in saying, “Deepika does it too (sprays the perfume) in the most elegant and poised way. (Stands up and mimics her) (Deepika jokes — that bum will come out now!) I remember when we were shooting for the kissing scene everyone is talking about, something happens and we were to react to it and snap out of the kiss. One time, however, I did not react. Sir (Bhansali) screamed, reaction de re! I was kind of lost in the moment. When you really feel it, then these things can happen.”
To which Deepika said, “It’s a kind of film where you carry the emotions home and come back the next day with that heaviness. There’s a two-page monologue in the film, which we shot first. It took me a couple of days to tell myself the scene is over, so move on.”
When asked Deepika, how different are Ranveer and Ranbir as co-stars?
Deepika said, “They are very different people. The only similar trait they share is their talent. For me, they are the best two actors of our generation. Ranveer is very versatile — he established himself from his very first film. He is a method actor. For Ranbir, on the other hand, acting comes effortlessly. On the personal front, Ranveer is more expressive. When he enters a room, he is full of life…he doesn’t hold back. Ranbir is more detached. He’s quieter, calmer…more of a thinker. I’ve had a great experience working with both of them.”
Do you stand by your statement that Ranbir is your favourite co-star?
Deepika said, “Better co-star? Hmmm… I can’t say that. I’ve had four amazing co-stars —Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Great chemistry comes with great comfort and I have been comfortable with all four of them. In fact, if I am asked to choose between these four, I would want them all!”