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Ram-leela: Will Priyanka steal Deepika's thunder?

Sony Sheetal Tirkey, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, October 28, 2013
First Published: 18:47 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:34 IST(29/10/2013)

So last week we witnessed some love between Bollywood's femme fatales when Deepika Padukone thanked Priyanka Chopra for setting the screen on fire with her item song in Ram-leela, but the film's leading lady might be losing out quite some spotlight to the former Miss World in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next.

Pegged as the most awaited song from the film, Priyanka oozes oomph as she seduces her way into the 'modern mujra' in Ram-leela that has generated 2 million hits in just a week since its release. (Over 2,180,396 hits in 6 days)

The tremendous response to the song is surely going to generate some smoke in camp Deepika as the limelight is bound to shift from her to Priyanka, who's enticing moves are surely going to pull crowds to the movie theatres.

Though movie buffs and fans are still gushing over how stunning Deepika looks paired opposite Ranveer Singh in the trailer and high on romance songs, like Nagada Sang Dhol, Lahu Munh Laga Gaya, Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun, it seems as though Bhansali is counting on Priyanka's charm to make his film a much needed success.

Priyanka's scorching item song has also paved way for insecurities for Deepika fans who expressed their disappointment with Bhansali for making the two actresses share screen space.
 
Some even gave thumbs down to Bhansali for pitching the leading ladies together.

"When you have Deepika in the movie.....you don't need an item song by Priyanka :p, Deepika dances and looks way better (sic) ," wrote Jayshree Salian on youtube.

The song is also triggering shifting of fan base for the Bollywood damsels as some excited fans looked way too charmed by Priyanka's sizzling solo.
 
"I prefer Deepika to Priyanka. But Priyanka dances better than Deep all the way..(sic)," wrote Oguz Pala.

Meanwhile the steamy item song has also generated rave reviews from Priyanka loyalists, who are now keen to watch Ram Leela for their love for the Desi girl.

"Superb song nice the film will rock (sic)," said Pandit Umang.

Priyanka who is lately riding high on the success of her international single Exotic, had earlier tweeted:

"One MILLION views on Ram Chahe Leela in less than 3 days..!! Thank u all for all the love...
(http://t.co/LVfrMJt6gR) pic.twitter.com/hWPn5n53WH

As per reports Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was also a top choice for the item song that was eventually filmed on Priyanka.

Going by manifold increase in the frenzy surrounding Ram-leela following release of Priyanka's item song, analysts have already predicted a grand reception for the film.

Perhaps it is best to wait till November 15 to watch out for whom the audience are flocking to the theatres.

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