NEW DELHI -- Fans might swoon over Ranveer Singh's cheeky, flirtatious nature but Bajirao Mastani co-star Deepika Padukone says the actor's emotional side is what she connects with more.
Deepika, who has also worked with Ranveer in Ram Leela (2013), said she finds his hidden side more relatable.
"From the little bit I know him, he is a different person when he is with his family and friends than what he is out there in public. I feel the public does not get to see a certain side of him. I have accepted him for both his very contrasting sides but I think I relate to the more emotional side of him, the vulnerability is probably what I connect to more," Deepika told PTI.
Besides her co-star, the 29-year-old actress shares a special equation with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Deepika said while working on Ram Leela she felt intimidated by the filmmaker but the duo reached a comfort level during Bajirao Mastani.
"I didn't feel intimidated by him. I felt that during Ram Leela because I took time to understand him as a person but we found our comfort while working on 'Bajairo...' Now, I understand and have adapted to his way of working. We have found a beautiful equation with this film where we did not say much to each other but we understood what the other person is trying to communicate."
Being at the peak of her career, a historical film seems a risk. Though this is not the first time she has ventured into the genre as she did Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) in 2010, the grandeur and the hype around Bajirao Mastani is bigger.
"The success of 'Bajirao...' is of course important for me but then that is regarding every film, be it big or small. It would be incorrect for me to say that 'Bajirao' is more important than my other films.
"My hard work and hope from every movie is same. The only thing that change with every film is I try keep bettering myself. That has been my only aim as an actress."
She was last seen in Imtiaz Ali's Tamasha opposite Ranbir Kapoor, and while the performances have received unanimous praise, there has been a divided opinion on the movie.
Many fans, who went to see the movie hoping to see Ranbir and Deepika recreate their breezy love story from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), were disappointed by the movie.
"We kept on saying in the promotions that only the faces are similar but Tamasha is a very different film from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Those, who went to see Tamasha with that expectation, had wrong expectations. I am happy that the audience that we were targeting got the film and they liked it."
After Piku and Tamasha, Deepika hopes to end a "good" year on a high note with Bajirao Mastani.
"Piku surpassed my expectations. Tamasha surpassed my open expectations. I hope Bajirao Mastani surprises me as well. 2015 has been a very special year for me and I hope to sign it off with a bang."
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