Since the release of Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone has been seen in two more films - Bachna Ae Haseeno and Chandni Chowk To China. But the leggie beauty insists that if at all there is a special movie after her debut vehicle, it has to be Love Aaj Kal.
"I'm aware of the huge expectations that audiences have from Love Aaj Kal. Personally speaking though, the film is beyond expectations for me. I would rather call it a very special film," Deepika told IANS on telephone.
"We all have worked so hard on it, whether director Imtiaz Ali, Saif (Ali Khan) or myself, and we have become really attached to it," said Deepika who is currently in London shooting for Sajid Khan's Housefull where she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar.
Love Aaj Kal is releasing July 31 and she is excited about the film since it is as real as it gets.
"This is why I said that after Om Shanti Om if there is a film that has been really special, it is Love Aaj Kal. I can state three reasons why Love Aaj Kal really fascinates me.
"First, the film's storyline is such that any common man can relate to it. It's so real and, as you watch the film, you would feel that so many instances shown in it have happened to you too in real life.
"Second, the film has a universal appeal. Whether it's the younger or the older generation, all will be able to identify with the proceedings. Imtiaz has a knack for keeping things basic and very simple, something that the world saw in Jab We Met and Socha Na Tha. His trademark touch is prevalent in Love Aaj Kal too."
The third reason for Deepika to be really ecstatic after shooting for Love Aaj Kal is the dialogues that promise to be as natural as they get.
"Dialogues are such that they are more of conversational variety rather than sounding scripted. Imtiaz wanted all of us to perform rather than plain and simple mug up our dialogues and rattle them down. Yes, there was a dialogue sheet given, but it was mainly for reference," she said.
It was this freedom factor that really impressed Deepika. "There was nothing cast on stone and we actors were given a free hand to mouth dialogues that came naturally to them and suited the film's situation most. I guess this was one aspect that really made me open up a lot more during the film's shoot."
With Rishi Kapoor and Rahul Khanna in pivotal roles and Neetu Singh making a guest appearance, Love Aaj Kal is Saif's first home production with Pritam Chakaraborty's music already topping the charts.