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Deepika Padukone shines this awards seasons

2013 has undoubtedly been Deepika Padukone’s year with four major blockbusters at the box-office starring the talented diva. 2014, too, has begun on a high note for her. The actor was all smiles, as she graced the red carpet of Filmfare Awards 2014, winning the Best Actor Trophy for her performance in Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela.

Deepika made a million heads turn at the star-studded night, with her daring golden gown by designer Gaurav Gupta. Deepika was nominated as the best actor for two of her films – Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela and Chennai Express for Filmfare Awards. On receiving the prestigious black lady, Deepika said, “Thank you Idea and Filmfare. This is for my mother. I missed her during the shoot. This award is very special for me. As a child, Filmfare Awards was one thing we would sit and see together in family. I never thought one day I’ll be here receiving an award. Thank you Sanjay Leela Bhansali for giving such an opportunity. Thank you Ranveer for being a good co-star. 2013 was a good year for me”

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Deepika is certainly on a winning streak this awards season. The Filmfare award seemed to be the icing on the cake, after having bagged the Best Actor trophies at two other prestigious award ceremonies.

At the Screen Awards, the gorgeous diva won Best Actress (Jury Award) and Best Actress (Popular) for Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela and Chennai Express respectively. At the Star Guild Awards, Deepika was nominated in the Best Actress category for three of her films- Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. It was Chennai Express that won her the ‘Best Actress’ Star Guild award.

The BIG Star Entertainment awards also saw Deepika Padukone walking away with three BIG trophies, for ‘Best Actress’, ‘Most Entertaining Comedy Actress’ & ‘Best Jodi’ with her Chennai Express co-star Shah Rukh Khan.

For Deepika, the reasons to celebrate never seem to end. While the party will go on, Deepika has ensured that she continues to enthrall the audience in 2014, as well. The actor will be seen in Rajinikanth’s magnum opus Kochadaiiyaan, Finding Fanny Fernandes with Arjun Kapoor and Happy New Year with King Khan.

‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ opens at No.9 on UK charts

Deepika and RanveerSanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela has opened at No.9 on the UK Box Office charts on Friday 15th November, collecting  £87,000 on its opening day.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in leading roles and is released in UK cinemas by Eros International.

Speaking to BollyNewsUK last week, Deepika Padukone said that the chemistry between her and Ranveer Singh audiences will see in the film is organic.

The film is out now on general release. 

Watch Ang Laga De from the film here:





‘Our Chemistry was organic’ – Deepika Padukone

The leading actors of Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh recently spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik via a video conference from Mumbai.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhanramsali, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is the story of Ram (Ranveer Singh), the local village Romeo – a colourful, charming yet dramatic vagabond and Leela (Deepika Padukone) – an unbridled and passionate village Juliet. The only thing in common between these two strangers is their families’ hatred for each other. The two communities have been sworn enemies since the past 500 years and their own kin falling in love with each other is worse than any storm that could have ever come.

When Ram and Leela see each other for the first time, their worlds collide, wars are fought and destinies are written in blood, forever. Set in a land of guns, vengeance against a magnificent musical backdrop, Ram and Leela fight the world to live their own dreams.

Ranveer Singh’s physical transformation 

Ram-Leela-Ranveer-Singh-Shirtless“It was a very long process to transform physically to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram. I enjoy working out, going to the gym and physical activity but the hard part was the diet. That was where I had to sacrifice and stay away from chocolates, which I absolutely love. That’s where it gets hard. I wouldn’t wish the diet I was on even on my worst enemies. You will be put off, if you see photos of what I had to eat. A special expert had been flown down from the UK to train me for a twelve week plan with workouts twice a day and controlled meal portions. We had to do it because Mr. Bhansali decided that he wanted to showcase my physicality. He said that every girl who watches the film should lust after Ram and every guy should lust to be like Ram. He said that I need to look sexy and I am glad that I did hit the gym hard because I am very happy with the results. The response I got was great. I am happy that it has been captured on celluloid because you can’t keep such physicality for a long time as it affects your central nervous system and your body starts feeling deprived.”


Our Chemistry was organic – Deepika Padukone

Ram-Leela Deepika kisses Ranveer SinghThe first scene I had to shoot for the film was a sequence you see in the song ‘Lahu Munh Lag Gaya’. I put some colour on Ranveer’s face and then there is the kiss. It was my first day on the film and we didn’t rehearse, plan or discuss it beforehand. It was given to us when we got the sets. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. Me and Ranveer had only spent some time together doing workshops but I had not spent any time with him as a co-star before that scene. I think, the fact that I was not familiar with him, worked for the scene. It worked out well because in the film, it’s the first time they meet. The chemistry that you see between us is very organic. It just happened.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela opens in UK cinemas this Friday, 15th


‘Ram-Leela’ to open Marrakech International Film Festival

Deepika_Ram-LeelaEros International’s Ram-Leela, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will open the Marrakech International Film Festival this year.

Ram-Leela will open the 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival on 29 November, with the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and leading actress Deepika Padukone in attendance.

With a nod to the unforgettable tribute the Marrakech International Film Festival dedicated to Indian cinema in 2012, the opening ceremony of the 13th edition of the festival will have an Indian flavor with the premiere screening of the latest film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The director of Devdas, selected for the Festival de Cannes in 2002 and nominated for the best foreign film at BAFTA, will be in Marrakech to present Ram-Leela, a modern version of Romeo and Juliet.

Ram-Leela will release worldwide and in UK cinemas on 15th November 2013 through Eros International.

Watch: Lahu Munh Lag Gaya from the film here:


Deepika and Ranveer sizzle in ‘Lahu Munh Lag Gaya’

Love gets an all new twist – Gujarati style! Lahu Munh Lag Gaya, yet another brilliant composition from Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Production’s next Ram-Leela has been released online.

Lahu Munh Lag Gaya features Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone with a Navratri backdrop. Shail Hada’s vocals in the song will surely leave music lovers spellbound. ”

Set in an authentic Gujarati environment, Lahu Munh Lag Gaya illustrates the beautiful equation that Ram & Leela share with a sensual touch.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and presented by Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ram-leela starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is slated to release on the 15th of November in UK cinemas.

First Trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ramleela’ released

RamLeela UK ReleaseThe trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited Ramleela has been released by Eros International.

Staying true to Bhansali’s trademark grandeur and majestic taste, the trailer gives one a glimpse of a love story like no other.

 The newly released trailer  magnifies the intense chemistry between the leading actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The film is set against the dramatic backdrop of the dacoit heartlands of Gujarat.

As the tagline of the film states, ‘Goliyon ki raasleela’, this love story of ‘Ram’ and ‘Leela’ isn’t a regular one. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and presented by Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ramleela is slated to release in UK cinemas on 15th November.

Watch the trailer here:

Interview: Deepika Padukone talks about ‘Race 2’

Deepika in Race 2 - LondonDeepika Padukone is on a high after the release of Cocktail, which got her critical acclaim, box office success and audience appreciation. Now, the actress will be seen as Aleena in Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2.

The 27-year-old sultry actress plays a beautiful, strong and passionate girl in this sequel to Race. She is a ruthless mind dwelling in a brilliant beautiful body.

In a candid and very quick chat with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the Race 2 star talks about the film and much more!

How was your experience shooting Race 2 in Turkey? I saw some photos of you shopping there during the filming.
That is the fun part about shooting there. It’s a great place for holidays. We spent about a month there and whenever we had a day off, we would go shopping. The city offers some amazing food. It was a good experience.

Saif told me you seemed a bit shell-shocked at times with Abbas-Mustan’s direction e.g. ‘Thoda Aur Sexy Karo’ (Do it sexier). What was going on in your head when you were told something like this?
I don’t think there was ever a point when they precisely told me ‘Thodha Aur Sexy Karo’ but there is definitely a type of acting that was expected from all the actors. It took me a couple of days to figure out what exactly they wanted because I have not done such a film before. Because of the fact that Saif has worked with them, he knew what they expected. He helped me understand that.

Deepika and Saif - Hot scene in Race 2Was it difficult at times to do a scene because there are so many twists in the film?
You know, every time we were shooting a scene, we were almost given a narration of the entire script again. The baggage that we are carrying in every single take changes in every scene because the equations between the characters change. This is also true to the Race style as the first film was like that. As the equations keep changing, the performance has to change accordingly too. Every time we were shooting a scene, we would sit down with Shiraz (storywriter) and he would tell us this has happened before the scene and this will happen after this scene, then we would play act the scene accordingly.

Are you disappointed that you don’t have songs in the film which you could perform on stage? Katrina Kaif was given great songs to perform on like ‘Zara Zara Touch Me’ and ‘Khwab Dekhe’.
I think, for some films the music catches on with the audience after the release of the film. I think that Race 2 is one of those films. Also, I disagree with you because the music has become quite popular. All four songs in fact, ‘Party On My Mind’, ‘Be Intehaan’, ‘Lat Lag Gayee’ and ‘Allah Duhai’ are great songs. I also feel that when the film releases tomorrow, the music will catch on with audiences post that.

The film has already released in the UAE. Have you been getting feedback?
I believe that it has opened very big. But it is not something I followed up because I have been giving interviews all day. I don’t know what the update is.

You smashed it with your performance at a recent awards ceremony.
Thank you. I did a live performance after a long time and I think Shiamak choreographed it really well.

Deepika and John in Race 2

The first look of Ram Leela was released today. How are you feeling about the film?
I am very excited about the film. We have had very positive response to the poster. I am excited to see how the film shapes up and I am excited for it to release later this year. It is a very passionate and intense love story. It is a Gujrati take on Romeo and Juliet.

What are your expectations from audiences for Race 2?
I hope the film does really well. The film is true to the brand Race. There are a lot of twists and turns and everyone is plotting and betraying the other to get what they want. It is a very entertaining film.

Race 2, a Tips Film, releases on 25th January 2013 nationwide in UK  cinemas through UTV Motion Pictures.

First Look: ‘Ram Leela’ feat. Deepika Padukone

A story of love in violent times, Eros International & Bhansali Productions’ Ram Leela recently released its exclusive first look poster which was received with an unprecedented response, with the industry and fans alike raving about it.

Says acclaimed trade analyst and critic Anupama Chopra, “Really like the first poster of Ram Leela.Looking forward to Bollywood Opera- as only Sanjay Leela Bhansali can make it”.

Says trade analyst Amul Mohan, “How awesome is the first poster of RamLeela!!! Deepika is looking smashing as ever!”

An exciting glance of what’s to come, the poster sees a strong and brawny Ranveer Singh and an ethereal Deepika in a voluminous ghagra standing atop a heap of guns – with the tagline ‘goliyon ki raas leela’, reminiscent of the larger-than-life drama entertainers that Bhansali pioneered.

Talking about the film says Deepika Padukone, “We all know how Sanjay presents his heroines and the kind of performances he extracts from them. This film is very close to his heart as my character is even named after his mother. This time I am a Gujarati girl and out of my comfort zone.”

Ram Leela - First Look

Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela is scheduled to release  on 29th November 2013 in UK cinemas.