In what could be a historic move to pre-empt negative publicity, the makers of the 165-crore rupee magnum opus Padmavati have instructed their film’s main actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to steer clear of each other in public.
As the pair is said to be in a relationship, this diktat is hard on them. “But both Ranveer and Deepika are totally committed to Padmavati and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This is their third film with Bhansali and both Ranveer and Deepika feel that Padmavati would take their respective careers to another level, just like Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani did. And even otherwise both Ranveer and Deepika are very close to Bhansali. They would agree to anything the filmmakers ask them to do to make sure that the film is made and released on time in November 2017,” says a source close to the development.
Following the protests that ensued during the location shooting of Padmavati in Udaipur and Sholapur, emergency measures were implemented to ensure that further delays and damages were avoided.
This is where the decision to ask the couple to stay apart came in. Say the source, “In their personal space the two continue to share a very comfortable relationship. There was some strain in the Ranveer-Deeepika relationship in-between when both were busy shooting in different parts of the world—Ranveer in Paris for Befikre and Deepika in LA for Fast & Furious. It was also being said that Ranveer resented Deepika’s continuing closeness with her old friend Ranbir Kapoor. However the two are very much in love and are only pretending to be estranged for the sake of the film. In fact Deepika ignores Ranveer completely in public leading to people assuming they’ve split. They make separate entries into parties and mingle together only when the cameras are not watching. And when a photographer clicks them together, they get very upset,” says the source.