‘PC was my first friend in Bol­ly­wood’

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Ac­tor Deepika Padukone (left) says that her Bajirao Mastani co-star Priyanka Cho­pra (right) be­came her first friend in Bol­ly­wood — even be­fore she en­tered the in­dus­try. “Priyanka is the first film per­son I ever met, when I had not even joined the in­dus­try. She was al­ready a star back then. She was the first friend that I made when I came in,” Deepika said here at the trailer launch of Bajirao Mastani, di­rected by San­jay Leela Bhansali.

“We were so com­fort­able while shoot­ing that it trou­bled a few peo­ple be­cause it went against what a lot of peo­ple thought. Peo­ple ex­pected there to be a lot of tension,” she said. Deepika and Priyanka’s chem­istry is vis­i­ble in the song Pinga, which has a strong Ma­ha­rash­trian flavour to it.

The two ac­tors said Pinga is a song in which their char­ac­ters de­cide to forget their dif­fer­ences and cel­e­brate wom­an­hood and the love they have for their man, Bajirao (Ran­veer Singh). There was also no con­flict be­tween the two ac­tors re­gard­ing who looked or danced bet­ter. “In fact, San­jay sir would keep jok­ing with us — ‘Why can’t you guys just fight?’ he’d say. It was great fun... We’ve watched each other’s back when we were shoot­ing this song. If there were steps that I found dif­fi­cult, she would en­cour­age me, and vice versa,” Deepika said. “I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter part­ner to do that,” she added.

PHOTO: FRED­ERIC J. BROWN/AFP

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