Deepika Padukone is on a roll with two back-to-back super hits this year. With commercial success, the actor has also been applauded by critics for her roles in Cocktail (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express. But it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film, Ram Leela, that holds a special place in her heart.
An insider says, “On the last day of the shoot, Deepika was shooting an intense scene when Bhansali praised her in front of everyone. He said he loved her performance and that she had done a fabulous job in the film. Deepika was touched when she heard the praise, so much so that she broke down. She got emotional on hearing compliments from a hard taskmaster like Bhansali, who has also worked relentlessly on the film."
Bhansali gave his lead character the name Leela after his mother. And, as he’s very attached to his mom, the director’s praise meant even more to Deepika. “He told her that she’s done justice to the character Leela, so this special mention was overwhelming for Deepika,” adds the insider.
The director is known to be strict on his sets and in the past has even got miffed with actors, including Deepika, who has even been scolded by Bhansali.