Deepika Padukone has bowled over the audiences and the critics in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express but according to industry insiders her best is yet to come. Those who have seen the rushes of Ram Leela predict that she has bettered herself in the film. Not just in terms of looks but also performance. Says a source, “The film will be a bigger hit than Bhansali’s Devdas, and Deepika will effortlessly join the ranks of India’s greatest acting talent.”
Ready for chauka!
Deepika already has three blockbusters to her credit this year (including Race 2). And the fourth may be around the corner. For various reasons Ram Leela would be a career-changing film for Deepika. She will be seen losing her inhibitions in front of the camera. Playing a free-spirited, fearless and sharp-tongued Gujarati girl, Deepika gets into the character with such a conviction that you wonder if the role was written with her in mind.
Bhansali’s films are written with some exceptionally lucid scenes and dialogues for the heroine. From Manisha Koirala to Sonam Kapoor, every SLB heroine is memorable for the way she looks, walks, talks and looks at the person she loves.
In Ram Leela it’s easy to see why Deepika fell in love with her co-star. The words that she exchanges with Ranveer Singh and the spiralling movement and momentum of the passion between the two could not possibly escape the two actors’ hearts. She has plenty of passionate scenes with Ranveer and digs into her character’s emotions and impulses with the same ferocity as she digs her nails into her co-stars bare back.
Says Bhansali, “Deepika has created magic in Ram Leela. I am so glad I chose her for this project. This film takes me and her to to another level.” The filmmaker believes that Ram Leela will take Deepika’s career to dizzying heights. She will not only sweep all the awards, but also all the competition under the carpet. As if she hasn’t done that already!