Actress Deepika Padukone has always been the show stealer – be it the bubbly ‘Shanti Priya’ of Om Shanti Om or chirpy ‘Meera’ of Love Aaj Kal. And now the actress is all set to play a very different character on screen,that of a Gujarati girl Leela in Ram Leela.
Deepika,who has always played the urban girl in almost all her films till date,is now shifting gears and will play an aggressive gaon ki chori Leela in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.
Ram Leela,which also stars Ranveer Singh as desi Romeo,is an Indian version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
Deepika will be seen in a traditional avatar wearing ethnic salwar kameez,anarkalis and lehengas in the movie with minimalistic make-up.
Deepika,who shed the image of sweet benevolent angel in Abbas-Mustans Race 2,says it was fun playing wicked.
“I’d like to do it more often. I am playing quite an aggressive character in Ram Leela as well,” Deepika told Bollywood Hungama in an interview.
I was ready to take the risk of playing grey characters. Veronica in Cocktail was very different from what I’ve done so far. She didn’t live by any of the rules. But even Veronica was finally looking for the same things that all girls want: permanence,stability and faith in a relationship. The film’s writer Imtiaz Ali and director Homi Adjania had the faith that I could pull it off. Their faith gave me the confidence to just go out there and play this wild child,” she further added.
Ram Leela is set in Gujarat and is slated to release on November 29 this year. Its first poster which released earlier this year was an instant hit.