They are supposedly a couple in real life, though yet to come out in the open about their relationship. As professionals,Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are fiercely competitive, at least as far as Padmaavat in concerned.
When it came to the billing in the credit titles, both Ranveer and Deepika wanted their names to appear first.And sinceShahid Kapoor started his career long before both he though his name should appear before both.
At his wit’s end, Sanjay Bhansali sorted the credits crisis by clubbing all the three lead actors’ names together in one frame.
Having been gagged by their producers Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali from speaking before release the two actors have now set in motion their respective PR machinery to make optimum post-release impact.
A source close to the development informs, “Deepika’s PR team is in direct confrontation with Ranveer’s well-oiled machinery.So if Deepika speaks about the congratulatory flowers sent to her by Ranbir Kapoor’s parents—the flowers were sent to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer Singh as well, though they didn’t speak about it—Ranveer gives interviews on how scared the children got when they saw him in the Khilji makeup.If Deepika is clicked eating a Rajasthani thali, Ranveeris clicked dancing with specially abled children.”
Says the source, “Both Deepika and Ranveer are pros at self-promotion.During Piku Deepika did her darndest to steal the limelight from Mr Bachchan.During the release of Befikre Ranveer did his own PR separate from Yash Raj. This time forPadmaavat they’ve decided to go all out. They’ve both instructed their marketing team to pitch them as the star attraction ofPadmaavat.”
The source says both the stars have their own game-plan. “While Deepika is playing the female-hero/title role card. Ranveerwants to be pitched as the most popular villain of Indian cinema alongside Amjad Khan’s Gabbar Singh and Amrish Puri’sMogambo.All kinds of references including rock ‘n’ roll icon Jim Morrison are being tossed around in his interviews. None of this is really true. But who cares? Both Deepika and Ranveer are competing neck-to-neck to prove who’s the bigger attraction in Padmaavat.”
A very amused very close friend of the couple says, “It’s healthy to see Ranveer and Deepika competing for attention .But they forget.The real star of Padmaavat is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.”