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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Deepika Padukone braves injury for Ram Leela

Kavita Awaasthi , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 23, 2013
First Published: 12:31 IST(23/5/2013) | Last Updated: 12:08 IST(24/5/2013)

That filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a hard task master is well known, but his stern ways have many admirers as well. Deepika Padukone, who is known to be a professional on sets, recently hurt her back while shooting for her upcoming film Ram Leela. But instead of taking a break, she continued shooting without complaining.

A source says, “While shooting for a song Deepika fell and hurt her back pretty badly. Bhansali was concerned about her health and advised her to rest after the doctors suggested it. She was told to wear a back brace as well. But Deepika realised that they had to wrap up shooting and continued despite being in pain. Bhansali wanted to halt the shoot but couldn’t give her the day off as his schedule is very tight, so she shot without a break.”

When asked about details of how she suffered the injury, Deepika says, “I was shooting a song for close to 10 days. During rehearsals, I had sprained my back.” Deepika, however, continued to work like a real trouper. “We had to continue shooting as we have a very expensive set put up at Film City. Sometimes, you have to put your body through it all. Ideally, I should’ve rested, but I couldn’t. So, I just took some painkillers and continued shooting. In fact, we just finished shooting the song on Tuesday (May 21) morning,” says the actor.

The shooting of Ram Leela has taken a toll on almost everyone involved with it. Earlier, actor Ranveer Singh too had an accident on the sets, and Bhansali continued shooting despite him having high fever.

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