While all roads led to Mannat on Saturday for Shah Rukh Khan’s Eid bash, his Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone was absent. Although she was by SRK’s side consistently during the promotions of the film, she had to give this event a miss for professional reasons.
“Deepika had a prior commitment to shoot for an ad in Milan. The shoot had been planned four months ago. Despite her keenness to attend Shah Rukh’s party, it was always known that she wouldn’t be able to make it. She had informed him about the same,” says an insider close to Deepika.
The trip couldn’t be postponed as immediately after her return, Deepika needs to wrap up Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela and move on to the first schedule of Happy New Year (also co-starring SRK). She also has Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny Fernandes to shoot for. “This is the only small window that Deepika saw in the middle of her cramped shooting schedule. So she couldn’t have shifted it,” adds the insider.For the past few months, Deepika has remained busy with back-to-back shoots and promotions for films like Race 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Just before leaving for Milan, the actor followed a tradition she has always sworn by. Being an avid devotee of Lord Ganesha, she paid a visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple amidst tight security. Despite repeated attempts, Deepika couldn’t be reached for a comment in Milan.