Deepika Padukone has two big releases slated to be release this year - Tamasha opposite her ex-flame Ranbir Kapoor and Bajirao Mastani opposite her rumoured boyfriend Ranveer Singh. And Ranveer is already staking claims; the actor has said that Deepika looks hotter with him than with Ranbir.
Deepika’s on-screen chemistry with both Ranbir and Ranveer enjoys a separate fan following. Recently at a promotional event of Tamasha, when Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar asked Deepika who she looks hotter with (on screen) - Ranbir or Ranveer - she chose not to name anyone. When the same question was asked to Ranveer - who does Deepika look hotter with, he says, “Obviously me... Yeh koi sawal hua (Is this even a question?).”
On being asked at a promotional event of Bajirao Mastani today, if he loves Deepika in real life too, Ranveer said, Bajirao and Mastani were real individuals, who were in love... We are playing out their story on screen. My role is distinctively different from my personality. He is a person who lived his life a long time ago... he had a different mindset...different temperament. There is a lot of drama that happened in his life.”
The rumour that the duo is dating has been since they starred in 2013 love saga Ram Leela but they have chosen to kept mum on it.
An online survey had claimed that Ranbir-Deepika would be the industry’s next Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol, whose jodi is considered one of Bollywood’s most iconic on screen. Ranveer, however, does not find the comparison between the two couples right. “Shah Rukh and Kajol are Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol while Ranbir and Deepika are Ranbir and Deepika. Each pairing has its own charm, appeal and its own legacy. I don’t think it is right to compare the actors or pairing of actors,” he said.
Talking about his character in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Ranveer said, “It’s a distinct character. It is something I had never done before. He (Peshwa) was a warrior, a great man. I feel very proud that I have been selected to portray him on screen. I have done my best. I hope I am able to do justice.”
“We know that Salman sir was going to be the original Bajirao. I have really worked hard to play Bajirao on screen and I hope that I (will) make him proud,” Ranveer further said.
On his preparation for the role, Ranveer recalled how he “locked” himself inside a hotel room for three weeks. “I had to get into deep. The preparation was very intense. I locked myself in a hotel room for three weeks to get away from my familiar surroundings and see if I can come up with something new and different on screen. I am glad that I did this film. It was a beautiful process of preparation,” he added.