Sanjay Leela Bhansali: “Deepika Has Never Gone Over The Top”

Deepika Padukone And Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Director of Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has expressed his thoughts over Deepika Padukone who plays the warrior queen, stating the actress has never exaggerated or overemphasised a role in any of her films.

Talking to IANS, Bhansali said: “Mastani is someone what Madhubala and Meena Kumari did in their heydays. Deepika has never ever gone over the top. No woman has ever looked so beautiful on the Indian screen in the longest time. It’s a dear character to me.”

The historical romance which also stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai in pivotal roles, the filmmaker also added: “…deep down my favourite character is Mastani. I would take Deepika’s performance till the last breath of my last breath. It’s that dear to me.”

When asked whether he was pleased with the box office reports for the film, which was released on December 18, and is currently battling with its rivalry Dilwale, Bhansali revealed: “I just wanted to make a beautiful film, be honest and truthful towards something which i have lived for 12 years.

“It was my tribute to Mughal-e-Azam and that was all I was thinking of while making this film. I was not thinking of the box office collection… I am offering something that is different.”


Madhuri Dixit Talks Of Her Excitment On Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone’s Lavani Dance For ‘Bajirao Mastani’


Madhuri Dixit has spoken of her excitement to see Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone’s dance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming magnum opus Bajirao Mastani. The lavani dance is said to be the crucial point of the movie’s climax.

At a recent event, during the announcement of Mumbai’s first ever Contemporary Dance Festival, Jugnee, the actress said: “Anything about dance always excites me, so I am very, very excited to see Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone’s ‘lavani’ dance in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.”

Madhuri who is a trained classical dancer and is also credited to introducing the folk dance in films, has worked alongside actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Devdas and Karisma Kapoor in Dil To Pagal Hai.

Reminiscing when she first tried jazz and contemporary dance in Dil To Pagal Hai, Madhuri said: “I had a competition with Karisma in Dil To Pagal Hai. It was wonderful. Shiamak (Davar) was the choreographer for that.”

She added: “The dancing was a little more jazz and contemporary and I was doing that style for the first time. I enjoyed when we danced. Karisma and I got along very well, so we had a great time.” 

Madhuri also recalled shooting for Dola Re Dola with Aishwarya. Praising Sanjay’s work, she said: “When I did ‘Dola re dola’ with Aishwarya, Saroj Khan-ji had choreographed it and it was terrific. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has picturised it. There were many trolly shots and long shots and after a long time a song was being picturised on that level.”

Priyanka Chopra Talks ‘Bajirao Bastani’ Lavani Number: “There Shouldn’t Be Any Comparison To Devdas”


Since news broke out Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone will be performing a lavani number in their forthcoming movie Bajirao Bastani, the much discussed dance has been endlessly compared to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit’s Dola Re from Devdas(2002). The song portrayed a dance battle between their characters over their love for …

Nevertheless, Priyanka has said the special number shouldn’t be compared to Dola Re as they don’t carry any similarities.

“I know that comparisons with Devdas are inevitable and people will pit us like that, but honestly, there shouldn’t be any comparisons. There is absolutely nothing similar between the two. Don’t compare us to them. That is a classic. Ours is more about the first wife versus the second wife and has a lot of heart-wrenching moments,” the actress told DNA.

The famous dance-off between Ashiwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit in Dola Re

Speaking about performing the dance with Deepika, Priyanka added, “Shooting with Deepika for the dance number was absolutely brilliant. I am glad we did this together, especially because she is a friend and I have known her for a while now. I really like the way it’s turned out.”

The song has been said to be the climax of the movie. The dance sequence will be seen trying to win Peshwa Baji Rao’s (played by Ranveer Singh) heart. The song, which was shot over 12 days has been choreographed by Remo D’Souza.

Priyanka Chopra will be playing Kashibai, the first wife of Maratha warrior Peshwa Baji Rao along with Deepika Padukone who will play as Mastani, as his second wife.

The movie will be directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra To Perform A Dance Jugalbandi In Bajirao Mastani


Its confirmed Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra will perform a dance Jugalbandi in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming movie Bajirao Mastani.

Bajirao Mastani’s choreographer Remo D’souza confirmed the news saying: “Yes, it’s true. I will be choreographing the dance featuring Deepika and Priyanka. It’s a big thing for me to do it for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Also, the song is big and it has Deepika and Priyanka in it, so that just raises the bar. I just got the song, so I have to still conceptualize it. I have not started anything yet.”

Priyanka Chopra tweeted her excitement about the dance sequence: “Off to rehearsals!!! Let’s kill it @deepikapadukone ..along with our legs!! Haha.. #BajiraoMastani.”



In the midst of her rehearsals, Priyanka posted a picture (above) of taking a nap with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia with a caption: “Now both @meshampa n I losing it! Haha #tiredSelfies #powerNap #BajiraoMastani

Reportedly the duo will be doing their rehearsals with choreographer Remo D’Souza continuously for 10 days in Mumbai where it has also been chosen as the location for the dance to be shot. In the movie the dance sequence will be seen trying to win Peshwa Baji Rao’s (played by Ranveer Singh) heart.

Speculations also have it the dance sequence will put Dola Re from Bhansali’s Devdas to shame.

Deepika Padukone: “I Don’t Believe in Crash Diets”

Deepika Padukone

Her orange bikini scene from her current movie Cocktail has been the talk of the town. The actress says the secret to behind her great figure is not down to any crash diets but a combination of regular workouts and healthy eating.

Deepika said: “I think ideally one should not reach a stage where you have to go on crash diets. You need to be conscious on a daily basis. I feel that this should be your lifestyle.”

She continued: “For me, working out and eating healthy is a part of my lifestyle. I don’t do it for a particular shoot. I know people who eat in a crazy way and suddenly they want a perfect body, and they go on crash diets. That takes a toll on your hormones.”

Working in an industry where a size zero is part of the deal, Deepika says it’s not about size, rather more the importance of health.

She said: “I feel that size doesn’t matter, fitness and health should come first. I know people who are heavy, but have great stamina, and I know skinny people with no stamina. It depends on your fitness level. There is nothing wrong with being a size zero as long as it is a healthy size zero.”

Referring to her bikini shoot, Deepika talked about tweaking her workout to achieve the desired results.

She explained: “We shot in Cape Town and I did alter my diet for the shoot. But because I have always been fit, I didn’t have to go on any type of crash exercise or diet.”

The actress is pleased with the perception received to her courageous and bubbly character Veronica in the movie which has been adored by fans as she said:

“It’s nice to know that people have woken up and realised that there is more to this person than the way she looks. They always associated me with being glamorous and thought that I could do only a certain type of role. I’m happy I managed to break this notion in people’s minds.”

Deepika Padukone ‘Calendar Girl’ Speculations Dismissed


The rumour mill went into an overdrive with the news that Deepika Padukone was being planned to be casted in Madhur Bhandarkar’s next movie which has been tentatively entitled Calendar Girl.

However, the speculations have been squashed; disappointing all Deepika fans!

Bhandarkar denied all reports that he is making a movie entitled Calendar Girl, and that he has approached Deepika Padukone for the lead role. The project is reportedly based upon the life of a supermodel.

Bhandarkar clarified via a post on Twitter about the speculations, stating: “Just to set the record straight I am NOT making any film called Calendar Girl. So there’s no question of approaching any actor or actress.”

He concluded: “Currently I am busy scripting my next film. Casting will come later. When the time is right, I’ll make an official announcement.”

Deepika Padukone Becomes The New Ambassador Of Garnier

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Deepika Padukone has signed on to be the new ambassador of Garnier. The actress will be endorsing a new product which will cater for ‘modern Indian women’.

The 26 – year – old said: “I’m already a fan of Garnier’s skincare range and it is an honour to be associated with the brand. Garnier has done some phenomenal work in the beauty space. Through my association with Garnier I hope to help women across the country obtain the perfect looking skin they’re all in search off.”

General manager Nathalie Gerschtein spoke about the signing of Deepika. Gerschtein said: “We are thrilled to have Deepika as the ambassador on Garnier Skin Naturals. She represents the young, contemporary and intelligent Indian woman.”

Deepika Padukone Talks About Working With Shah Rukh Khan

Deepika Padukone 3

Deepika Padukone has spoken about working with Shah Rukh Khan. The 26 – year – old opened up and said she is closer to the actor in comparison when she first worked with him.

Talking about how confident she feels when she is around him, Deepika said: “I feel Shah Rukh is still the same. He is as talented as he was (then). Now I have got even closer to him than before. You never get bored with him! He always makes me feel special.”

Deepika is currently working on a movie with Shah Rukh which is entitled Chennai Express which is being directed by Rohit Shetty.

The actress first appeared on the silver screen with Shah Rukh in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om in 2007.

After briefly talking about the shooting for Chennai Express, Deepika spoke of her other forthcoming film Ram Leela which is expected to be released for 2013.

“For Chennai Express, we are shooting in the outskirts of Mumbai, and Ram Leela will be shot in Mumbai, Gujarat and Rajasthan.”

Sridevi Kapoor Compliments Deepika Padukone & Says She Is One Actress To Watch Out For

Deepika Padukone And Sridevi Kapoor

Sridevi Kapoor believes Deepika Padukone is one actress to watch for in the Bollywood film industry.

The actress herself who has had great success on her latest leading role in English Vinglish spoke about the 26 – year – old when she was recently present at a cover launch of a magazine.

When Sridevi heard that Deepika would be receiving one of the first awards this year for the best actress for her romantic role in Cocktail, she said: “In my opinion, Deepika is one of the most promising actresses. I really like her performances and choice of roles. I would like to congratulate her and wish her all the very best.”

After hearing that she had Sridevi had complimented her, Deepika was quick to respond, saying: “It is a huge compliment. She (Sridevi) is someone I have admired. I have grown up watching her films. It is nice to know she likes my work.”

And it appears that Deepika – who has been a fan of Sridevi since her childhood – has taken the compliments to heart as she is reportedly doing a thorough research for her forthcoming movie Ram Leela.

Deepika Padukone Speaks Out On Abandoning Race 2

Deepika Padukone has revealed why she walked out after filming six days for Race 2. Padukone was the leading lady for the upcoming Bollywood film but after being called ‘unprofessional’ and ‘unethical’ by the Race 2 producer Ramesh Taurani, and being sued for leaving the project she decided to break her silence.

She expressed her feelings not want to opt out of the project but had no choice since having to adjust dates for other projects since the film was delayed a number of times: “I have tremendous respect for Rameshji and that was never my intention. I feel very bad about opting out of the film, but I have no other option. It was a very hard decision, but I had to make it as the dates kept going back and forth and I have other commitments too that I have to live up to.”

The actress also said she was aware of the formal complaint the producer had made against her with CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes Association) for leaving the project mid – way: “Yes. They have asked me for my comments and I will be sending the same shortly. He alleges that you left the film after the shooting began? The film has been delayed for one-and-a-half years. I adjusted my dates all this time.”

She added: “And I would still do it, but now those dates are committed to other films. It’s a genuine problem. I wasted four months last year that I had kept aside for this film, but now my other films are starting and I can’t adjust more.”

She also made it clear that she had signed to take on the leading role in Race 2 when she was asked 2 years ago but since it had been kept on being delayed Padukone explained she needed to give up the role in order to start on other projects that had clashed with the project: “My contract with TIPS was till 2011. I still wanted to do ‘Race 2’ despite the delay, but now my dates are clashing with other films. And much as I want to, there is nothing I can do about it.”

When asked if she refused to meet Taurani she again cleared the false rumours she had declined to meet him as she said: “I never refused to meet him. I was out of country and when I came back at 7 am, I had to shoot the climax of ‘Cocktail’ at 9 am. He later came up to the sets and I explained him my problem.”

At the time when Padukone had walked out Taurani spoke out saying she never left a reason why she had abandoned the project as he said: “She did not even apologize after she walked out of the film. I went to the set and tried to reason with her but she just did not listen – this behaviour is unacceptable.”

He then went on to say he had never been in a situation like this in his 25 years working as a producer: “I have been a part of the Hindi cinema industry for 25 years. I have made several blockbusters. I have worked with famous actresses such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan and Kareena Kapoor. But I have never faced a situation like this before.”

Taurani continued to say after constant delays of having to change dates to start shooting the film, when the actress walked out after six days she had let everyone down including the other actors and directors working on the project too: “Earlier, in October, we had to change our schedule because Deepika had date problems. This was due to her film with Ayan Mukerji to be produced by Karan Johar.”

He added: “At the time, I had spoken to Karan and worked out a schedule that would help Deepika manage both the projects. Now, when everything is in place, she just walks out after six days of shooting. What can I say? We are left with no choice. Our directors and the other actors are extremely annoyed with her.”

Was Deepika Padukone right to walk out on the project after six days of shooting or should she should have stuck to finishing off the film? Drop your comments below!

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