Deepika Padukone bagged the role of the female lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela (working title) after talks with Kareena Kapoor didn’t materialise. And although the film’s male lead is “disappointed” about not getting to work with Bebo, Ranveer Singh feels Deepika is “the closest” the makers have got to finding the perfect Leela.
“She definitely looks the part better than anyone else. When Bhansali sir and I started working on the film a few months ago, we browsed through lots of books on rural Gujarat. He would often point to pictures of traditional Gujarati girls and say, ‘This is what Leela looks like’. They are slender, dusky and have sharp features,” says Ranveer.
The actor, who has already started shooting for the film in Gujarat, adds, “It will be exciting to see her in a new avatar because she has mostly played urban roles. Having worked in half-a-dozen films, she has grown in leaps and bounds as an actor. And finally, she has proved herself with Cocktail. And after speaking to her, I’ve realised that she is eager to do roles that require real performances.”
At the same time, Ranveer is also “looking forward to working with Bebo”.
“I found out that she wasn’t doing the film right after my birthday, and it was a big bummer. I hope I get an opportunity to work with her in the future,” says the actor, before quashing rumours of his 4 am friendship with his co-star.
“I don’t know Deepika very well. But we’ll be shooting an intense love story over the next one year, so it would help the film if we got to know each other better. We’re just trying to do that.”