EX-FLAMES Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will reignite the big screen again in this week’s hot Bollywood release Tamasha and hope to generate the same chemistry they had in super hit Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
They portray two happy-go-lucky individuals who form a connection while on a European holiday and then reconnect under very different circumstances years later.
Both enjoyed working together again in the Imtiaz Ali-directed film and have put any past differences behind them. Their friendship and camaraderie was apparent during the promotional trail of Tamasha.
They were in high spirits talking about the romantic drama, working together, chemistry and more.
Ranbir, with Tamasha you have reunited with a director and leading lady with whom you have had great success. Did you feel any pressure?
Ranbir: (Smiles) Actually less so. Working with Imtiaz is like home for me because it is so comfortable and I know that he is
looking out for me.
He cares for me and brings it out of me. He points out what’s wrong, what’s right and will continue to make me do better in life. Same with Deepika – they care I do well in life.
So I feel less pressure. Probably when I work with people I haven’t worked with, I will feel pressure.
Are your characters in Tamasha similar to the ones in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani?
Deepika: No, not at all! I don’t think it’s right for me to say now the differences between the characters. You will figure that out when you watch the film.
But the film itself is completely different and so are the characters.
Deepika, you also have Bajirao Mastani coming out very soon. With whom do you think your chemistry is better, Ranbir Kapoor or Ranveer Singh?
Deepika: Do we always have to pick one over the other? I don’t think so! It depends on the kind of film, the way the characters are written, what a director can extract from the two actors he has cast.
Can I compare Ranbir and me in Tamasha or Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani to Ranveer in Ram Leela or Bajirao Mastani? No, I can’t because we are playing completely different characters.
There is a certain kind of baggage, backstory or whatever that is required of each character, and you execute that. So I think it really depends on the film and the characters.
Ranbir, what are your thoughts on the chemistry with Deepika?
Ranbir: It is very good and I am extremely happy about it. Like Deepika said, it all depends on Tamasha. If people don’t like the film, God forbid, then they will probably think our chemistry is not so good.
It is so dependent on success, on the way we have performed and the film has been perceived, so it’s all film by film. But I am happy people like our pairing and hope they continue doing so.
What is your favourite movie of Ranbir?
Deepika: (Thinks) There is such a long list. If I had to choose one though, it would be Barfi.
Deepika has delivered so many blockbusters since your last film together Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Is she a lucky charm?
Ranbir: First of all, I don’t think it’s fair to label anyone as a lucky charm. I think whatever she has achieved is because of her hard work and dedication.
I hope that ‘luck’ word you are saying rubs off on me. (Laughs) And not mine on her! That is what I am praying for. But like I said, we are really proud of this film. So come and see it at a theatre near you.
Tamasha is about telling stories. If you could relive a story, which one would it be?
Ranbir: I think the success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with this film. We would want to recreate that.
Deepika: (Laughs) I would have to agree with him. I would say the whole experience of Tamasha as well.
When your characters first meet in Tamasha, they are leaving their lives behind to live a false reality. Would you as a celebrity like to do the same?
Ranbir: Absolutely not! Nobody wants to leave anything behind. When they meet in Corsica, they decide we are here for this period of time, let’s not give our identities out to prevent everything from becoming routine.
‘I will tell you who I am, you will tell me who you are, then this will happen. I will hit on you, then we will have an affair and you will fall in love with me’.
They just want to have the time of their lives and do it with abandon, without any judgement or anything. We all want to do that in our lives. Sometimes it’s not possible and that is why we make movies about it.
How do you feel about the tamasha surrounding a celebrity’s life. Does it create a fake reality?
Deepika: Is it fake? I don’t think it is! I feel that sometimes it comes with certain responsibilities. Maybe that is why you have to carry yourself a certain way and be careful about what you say or don’t. It depends on how each person decides to lead their own life, but you have to realise that sometimes it comes with a certain responsibility.
You have youth who looks up to you and are role models for people. The most ideal case would be to live your life the way you want to, but find that balance of being responsible and realising you have responsibilities to your fans and audience. If you can find the balance, there is nothing like it.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was a big hit. Why don’t you and Ranbir do more films together?
Deepika: I keep asking people the same thing. I don’t know! I don’t think it’s about coming together for the heck of it. I think it’s also important the director who casts us does justice to the film. We could have done films before this one but I think it has to be special. Of course, you don’t set out with the intention that it has to be like this, but I think the feeling was right this time.
He offered us the film, we heard it separately, we both came on board and we can now hope. We have definitely had a great time making Tamasha. Now we justhope that we get the same kind of love and appreciation we got with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. So there is no formula to that really.
Ranbir, your contemporaries and new actors always look forward to what films you will do next and see you as the next big superstar. How do you feel about that?
Ranbir: (Laughs) I have been hearing this ‘next superstar’ thing for the last seven years and am not one. If I become one, then say it! You should perhaps ask them in the next press conference if they still look up to me.
I hope with Tamasha it reinstates the fact that I am doing good work. But the honest truth is we are all doing good work. The quality of cinema has really improved; new ideas, new minds, actors are becoming fearless and the kinds of movies are so diverse.
The kind of movies Deepika is doing is pushing the boundaries of cinema, performance and box office collections. So I think we are all inspiring each other.
There is no front and back person. We are all together with the onus of taking this industry forward and the legacy of great films that have been produced in the past forward.
Deepika, did you sign any other film after Tamasha?
Deepika: I haven’t signed anything yet, I will soon. I don’t think it’s right to talk about films that you are offered and not offered; you talk about films that you do.
Deepika, love or career. What is the most important one in your life?
Deepika: Both of them. I don’t understand why it has to be just one or the other.
Will we see you both in another film together in the future?
Ranbir: We both have our identities because of our hard work and don’t want that to be burdened with our history.
I don’t want to lose the opportunity to work with her due to headlines about us. I understand the value she brings to a film, not just commercially but also to my performance.
Tamasha is out in cinemas now