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Between friends

Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone bury the hatchet, as the latter and Saif Ali Khan share screen space in three projects next year.

entertainment Updated: Jan 02, 2011 16:30 IST
Hiren Kotwani

While it’s common between two contemporary actors to not be friends, it’s even more obvious for one female actor to dislike the other for making a hot pair with her man. Little wonder then, that when Saif Ali Khan paired up with Deepika Padukone in his maiden production, Love Aaj Kal, the industry was abuzz with his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor not being too pleased with it. However, now all is well as Padukone has not one or two, but three films with Khan.

A friend of the Break Ke Baad girl tells us that she would get a bit anxious and apprehensive when she learnt about Kapoor’s aggressive communication vis-à-vis Padukone. “It seemed as if Kareena felt that Deepika was trying to get ahead, riding on her beau Saif’s star appeal,” the source says, adding that the actor preferred to maintain silence rather than react.

It’s another thing that the success of Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal spurred other filmmakers into think of casting the two actors again. Interestingly, Ali, who also previously directed Kapoor in Jab We Met, has scripted a new romantic film, untitled as of now, which top lines Khan and Padukone, under the aegis of director Homi Adajania.

In addition, the svelte Padukone has also signed up for Race 2, the sequel to Abbas-Mustan’s pulsating 2009 thriller for Tips. It is believed that her sultry scenes with Khan will make the first movie look pale.

And recently, Padukone bagged her fourth film with Khan, Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, based on the politics of reservation.

While she clamps up when questioned about Kapoor, Padukone maintains, “It’s always exciting to do good work and I’m lucky to get an opportunity to portray a variety of characters in as diverse subjects. And that too with some of the best people in the industry.”

Pursue her about doing three more movies with her Love Aaj Kal co-actor without being politically correct, and she says, “Working with Saif is total entertainment. He’s very mature when he wants to be. And otherwise, he’s a warm human being with a great sense of humour. He’s a thorough gentleman.”