Finally, Deepika Padukone has joined the Race 2 team. But even before Abbas-Mustan’s action thriller goes full steam ahead, the model-turned-actor has hit headlines for her intimate sequence with co-star Saif Ali Khan.
Reports suggest that Deepika consented to the hot scene — a career first —after much deliberation. She apparently had a long meeting with the director duo, but still took her time before agreeing.
But Deepika isn’t amused. "It’s (the steamy sequence) just a part of the film. And I don’t think there is any need to sensationalise it. After all, it comes with the script. I don’t treat it differently from any other scene in the movie," she clarifies.
In the past, the actor has puckered up to then-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Saif (Love Aaj Kal, 2009) and Imran Khan (Break Ke Baad, 2010).
Although makers remain mum, Abbas-Mustan might shoot her scenes with Saif either in Mumbai or Turkey. "What I am most excited about is that I have finally started shooting for Race 2," says Deepika, refuting talks that the film is running late due to her promotional commitments for Desi Boyz. "I don’t know. I was required for five days initially, which I have already done," she responds.
In the original Race (2008), Saif had shot for a much-hyped steamy scene with Bipasha Basu. At that time, Bips too had stated that, "it’s just work" , though apparently then-boyfriend John Abraham wasn’t too happy.
Deepika will also show off her action moves in the sequel. "Yes, I have some action sequences, including car chases and jumping off buildings, but they aren’t fighting scenes. I’d love to do a full-on action movie, though I haven’t yet had a chance to," she admits.
‘Rockstar made me cry’
Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar act might have hit the bull’s eye at the box office, but it also moved his ex-girlfriend to tears. "Anyone would get emotional after watching Ranbir’s performance. I can’t explain what I loved the most. Maybe I connected with the way it was written and performed," Deepika says, adding she didn’t see Katrina (Kaif) at the screening, as reported by a tabloid. Interestingly, director Imtiaz Ali had given her a narration almost a year-and-a-half ago. Deepika stars with Ranbir in Ayan Mukherji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani that starts shoot in January next year.