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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

Deepika Padukone finds mentor in Salman Khan?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 08, 2013
First Published: 11:09 IST(8/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:15 IST(8/10/2013)

While they are both famous actors, Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone are yet to share screen space with each other. They even came close to signing Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick, but the deal didn’t work out. However, that doesn’t mean that the two have not been in touch with each other.

According to Deepika, the Dabangg (2010) actor makes it a point to call or message her whenever he hears about her. While speaking to us recently, Deepika had said, "Salman and I are in touch. When he sees my films or watches my advertisements or spots my (movie) posters, he lets me know what he feels about them. And then when we bump into each other, we exchange knowing smiles. Whichever film I do with Salman will be a special one."

Industry sources claim that Deepika is keen on working with Salman, but their prior commitments continue to keep them occupied.

While the latter is currently shooting for his brother Sohail Khan’s directorial venture, Jai Ho, Deepika is busy working on Farah Khan’s Happy New Year with Abhishek Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, among others.

Incidentally, even though Shah Rukh was Deepika’s first male co-star (in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om; OSO, 2007), she revealed to us that Salman, too, had an important role to play at the beginning of her career.

"I may have debuted with Shah Rukh, but Salman was the first person to offer me a film," she said, surprising many. "He spotted me way before OSO; when I did my first few ads. I had just hit the modelling circuit back then."

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