It has become almost customary for rumours of a romantic relationship between lead actors to surface before the film’s release. Blame it on them being in the news together, the photos clicked at promotional events (with the actors sometimes in character) or just imaginations running wild, what with two good-looking people spending time on sets and shooting in picturesque locations.
So, it isn’t surprising that earlier this week, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s chemistry was palpable at the trailer launch of their film, Ram Leela. What is new, however, is to have an actor — Ranveer, in this case — claim his chemistry with the actress — Deepika — is hotter than what she shared with another co-star. That too, when the co-star concerned — Ranbir Kapoor — is a former, real-life boyfriend.
So, when Deepika was asked with whom she shares a better chemistry – Ranbir or Ranveer, the latter quipped: “Mere saath (with me)”.
Quiz the man, however, and he calls it “a joke”, but not before offering an explanation. “I feel that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was different. The chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika was friendly, but in Ram Leela, our chemistry is that of lovers. In that film, they played friends who found love, but we are hardcore lovers,” he says.
Ranveer goes on to explain that “it (the chemistry) is a combined effort by actors. A lot of credit goes to the director (Sanjay Leela Bhansali). When you are doing a passionate love story, the chemistry between the boy and the girl is of the essence.”
And is there any truth at all to the conjectures of them being in a relationship? “No, it’s not true,” says Ranveer. However, that doesn’t stop the actor from claiming that Deepika will give him a shave before he starts his next film. “I’m starting a new movie in October. I’m trying to work out dates, so that I can get my Leela to shave off my moustache and beard. It’s only fitting that Deepika does it,” he says.
Is Ranveer trying to quell the rumours, or is he adding fuel to fire? Go figure.