On the last leg of their promotions for Tamasha, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor arrived at the NDTV studio last week, and let me be honest, I was particularly keen to interview them ‘together’.
Bachna Ae Haseeno, which co-starred the duo in 2008 was a while ago – both were new in the industry, very much a couple – and the focus was on their relationship rather than their acting.
After that, they went their own ways, charted different paths and reunited for Ayan Mukerji’s 2013 movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Let’s accept it, they were electrifying together in the movie.
But a lot has happened since then. Ranbir, a fine actor, delivered three back-to-back flops and that could make a dent in anyone’s confidence. The Kapoor lad was anxious and admitted as much: “I am anxious. People trust you and it’s up to you to live up to the trust. My three flops have made me anxious. I don’t want to break their trust. After all you are as good as your last film.”
Deepika, on the other hand, was cool, calm and collected, and someone who wears her success with ease. She has no arrogance, no sense of pride and on the contrary, she was very supportive of her co-star. It would be fair to say that her presence was as soothing as balm.
So what was so ‘comforting’ about the two that translated so well onscreen? Their Tamasha director Imtiaz Ali had the answer.
“They trust each other as actors. They look after each other onscreen. If Deepika is performing a scene, she knows that ‘Ranbir will take care of me’ and same with Ranbir. That’s the reason it’s magic when they come together onscreen and it’s not something I have seen between any two co-stars,” admitted Imtiaz.
Ranbir, who voted girlfriend Katrina Kaif as a better actor on a talk show not long ago, also said that now Deepika is in a league of her own. She is an actor who challenges boundaries. Her sheer talent could intimidate anyone and she sure did intimidate him with the natural ease with which she performed.
Deepika returned the compliment to her co-star by saying that there was nothing that Ranbir could not do and she was ‘jealous’ of him as an actor.
Whatever may have been their personal equation in the past, remains in the past. The two have not only evolved as actors over the years but have also matured as human beings, comfortable and confident in their space – Tamasha is a reflection of that.
The film may have opened to mixed reviews to an otherwise calm box office but is gradually gaining momentum by word of mouth. Needless to say, the credit goes to its two lead actors.
So as Ranbir puts the ghost of Bombay Velvet behind him, Deepika has only cemented her position as one of Bollywood’s better actresses.
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