While breezing through the most difficult scenes with the formidable Amitabh Bachchan in Aarakshan, Deepika‘s skills as an actor completely collapsed when in a cooking sequence she had to make a roti. And it had to be perfectly rounded, like those rotis made by housewives and cooking-friendly girls.
Deepika simply froze. Apparently, she asked the director Prakash Jha to change the menu. But Jha was adamant. Not knowing that the sequence involved her ‘actually’ making a roti, she was completely lost on being presented with loose flour. With the whole unit waiting for her to do the action.
Says a source, “Deepika just stood there helplessly looking at camera, at her director behind the camera and her co-star Saif who grinned besides her.” As with most girls’ first attempts of making the simple roti, Deepika’s also came out in abstract shapes, sizes and maps of unknown countries. Seeing her comical trials and her gradually getting covered in white flour, Saif came to her rescue with not much success. Finally, Jha a naturally adept cook, had to personally show Deepika how to make perfectly-rounded rotis.
Prakash Jha commented, “It was nothing major. Deepika was pretty comfortable in the kitchen. I just helped her a little bit.”
Saif Ali Khan chuckled, “It was interestingly funny, reminded me of the scene in Kaalia where Amitji helps Parveen Babi ji to make an egg. Thank god it wasn’t an egg for Deepika.”
Deepika Padukone commented, “I was so embarrassed, I can totally cook but roti is a challenge. As with life the simplest of things some times get to be a hardest to master.”