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Ranbir Kapoor: I was intimidated by Deepika Padukone

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone display chemistry as well as camaraderie.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: May 20, 2013 3:10:51 am

You all should try working with your ex (girlfriend/ boyfriend) too; it’s not so bad.” This simple,witty response is all it took for Ranbir Kapoor to quell the curiosity regarding his relationship with Deepika Padukone. The two — who were being quizzed about the comfort level they share both on- and off-screen — were at Express Towers,Nariman Point,Mumbai,on May 14,to speak about their upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as part of the Screen Preview.

The actors’ presence created much excitement,especially since both have attained a strong fan following in the five years since their debut. That they were once dating and have put their past behind to work together in the movie only added to the interest. Aware but nonchalant about the attention,Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone shared a comfortable vibe,not thinking twice before either praising or taking a dig at each other.

Considered to be one of the most promising young actors,Ranbir Kapoor said that he was intimidated by his co-star because of the progress and range she had displayed in her last few films,especially in Homi Adajania-directed Cocktail. “I have been watching her films. Her increase in understanding of a character was fast,something I had not expected,” he said. The actor said it is with this maturity that Deepika Padukone plays the character of Naina in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Describing her role as that of a girl who has mostly lived by the rules,Deepika Padukone says that the film shows her breaking away from it.

“She reaches a tipping point and decides to go on a trip with her friends Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor),Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin),which changes her views on life and instils confidence in her,” says Deepika Padukone.

Ranbir Kapoor’s character of Bunny,on the other hand,has wanderlust and his eagerness to see the world works against him in a way as he leaves behind friends and family to follow his passion.

A film that tells the story of ambition and love through the point of view of the urban youth,Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has already connected with the audience with its music and use of quirky catchphrases in songs such as Dilli waali girlfriend and Badtameez dil. A large part of the film sees the friends trekking up to a mountain top. Talking about having to walk up the slope in knee-deep snow,Deepika Padukone revealed that while she and Ayan Mukerji,the director,have an inherent adventurous streak,it was tough to cope with Ranbir Kapoor’s lack of it. ““His favourite pastime is lying on the bed and staring at the ceiling,” she said.

While the songs are climbing the popularity charts,the film’s promos have received a mixed response and parallels are being drawn with Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal and Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani. Both Deepika and Ranbir said that comparisons before the film’s release may be inevitable since the films occupy a similar social space.

“The film is about conflicts regarding love and life but each conflict has its own individuality based on the characters,” said Ranbir Kapoor,adding,”But Ayan tells stories differently and one saw that in his debut Wake Up Sid.”

After the release of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani on May 31,Deepika Padukone will return to finishing work on Ram Leela and promote Chennai Express opposite Shah Rukh Khan,before she starts shooting for Adajania’s Hinglish film Finding Fanny Fernandes. The last one is a small-budget film and she isn’t sure if it will even have a regular commercial release.

Ranbir Kapoor,having mostly done love stories in films such as Rockstar and Barfi!,was asked if he will ever be seen in an action role. “Once I manage to build a good body,I’ll taking up action films too. Until then,I’ll have to stick to romantic roles,” said Ranbir Kapoor,adding that his next — Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet — might be a tad different from the image he has cultivated.

The actor will play a street boxer in the film set in Bombay city of the ’60s.

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