Deepika is the first actor to intimidate me: Ranbir Kapoor

Actor says he had no idea that his ex-girlfriend would become such a fine actor.

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Ranbir Kapoor says Deepika Padukone has turned her disadvantages into advantages. PHOTO: FILE


Once sweethearts, actors Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor would be spotted together hand-in-hand. However, after their break-up, things turned sour. Giving cover-up statements to the media, Kapoor would say Padukone played an instrumental role in making him who he is, while she got the tattoo of his initials on the nape of her neck removed.

And now, almost four years after their break-up, they are sharing screen space in Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and are apparently liking it. Their first and last film together was Bachna Ae Haseeno in 2008.

“I always expected Deepika to reach very high levels, but I had no idea that she would become such a fine actor so soon. She is the first actor in front of whom I am a bit intimidated,” said Kapoor, who wowed people with his versatile performances in Wake Up Sid, Raajneeti, Rockstar and Barfi!.

Talking about her growth in the industry, Kapoor said, “I felt like she was not doing what I expected her to do. That constant surprise was a good feeling. I know her so well. She has turned her disadvantages into advantages.” He added that he is very happy for how his ex-girlfriend has grown as an actor.

Like most celebrities who are hounded by rumours, Kapoor accepts it as part of an actor’s life and believes that it comes naturally with fame. “I can understand there is a demand for this. People want to know about their favourite actors — What they do? Who will they marry or not?”

“However, when it comes to you, you feel bad,” continued Kapoor. “But you have to focus on your work. Because when on Friday, your film releases, everyone forgets everything. It is part and parcel of the journey. You have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.

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