Deepika Padukone Was The First Choice For Rockstar Opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Here’s Why We’re Glad That Didn’t Work Out!
Deepika Padukone has had the debut of every actress’s dream. Her first film was Om Shanti Om, in which she was paired with none other than Shah Rukh Khan! Of course, the dimpled-beauty, undoubtedly performed well and became the national crush of India! However, Imtiaz Ali, who has worked with Deepika on Tamasha and Love Aaj Kal, recently made a revelation that left all of us, not knowing how to react.
Imtiaz Ali revealed that it wasn’t Nargis Fakhri but Deepika Padukone who was the first choice for Rockstar, opposite Ranbir Kapoor. In a heartfelt note that he wrote for the Piku actress’s website, he wrote, “She got off the car at the hotel porch and looked at me. I immediately knew that this is the girl I have come to meet. She also immediately knew that I am the director she had come to meet because she had those eyes, that looked as if they know.”
Clearly, the duo connected in the first meeting itself. However, the movie took years to commence and somehow things didn’t work out. “None of Deepika’s movies had released till then. I had come to meet her for Rockstar. I wanted her for Rockstar but the movie did not get made till many years later. I worked with her in other movies. Many things happened over many years at many places, all of which I might forget, but I will never forget the girl who stepped out of the car at the hotel and looked at me as if she knew,” added Imtiaz Ali.
It makes us want to believe in destiny even more strongly. Because sometimes when things don’t work out, we tend to lose faith. Maybe it was disheartening when things didn’t work out for Rockstar, but look at what an amazing movie it turned out to be. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting skills matured and he was able to deliver one of his best performances, Nargis Fakhri got a good break and well, Deepika Padukone, worked anyway, with both Imtiaz and Ranbir. One way or the other, all of this was meant to happen. And now, all dots seem to connect quite vividly.
Speaking about Padukone’s website, she launched it earlier this year on her birthday. The website summarises her journey in Bollywood and gives insight into the foundations she supports. In fact, adding a fun element to it, she has a Bollywood celebrity write a note for her, every month. We’re going to stay tuned for more such revelations!
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On the work front, Deepika Padukone has finished shooting for Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, which is also her first-time try at production. She will also be seen as Romi (Kapil Dev’s wife) alongside hubby Ranveer Singh in Kabir Khan’s 83.