Deepika-Neil Mutual Fan Club
Deepika Padukone and Neil Nitin Mukesh, who are shooting together just can’t get enough of complimenting each other.
Says Deepika, “Neil is such a well brought-up guy, absolutely impeccable in his manners. Besides being a brilliant actor, he’s also a great technician. I see him turning director soon. My other co-star, Imran Khan, in Break Ke Baad is great fun too. We shot in Delhi and bonded immediately.”
Speaking of Imran, there was talk of Deepika deliberately working with Ranbir Kapoor’s immediate rival after their break.
The actress flares up. “No one tells me what to do and what not to do. My personal life has nothing to do with my professional. Imran is a wonderful co-star. I like working with actors who are fun yet professional, like Akshay, Imran, Neil, and Abhishek Bachchan.”
Ask her about the linkup with Vijay Mallya’s son and Deepika sighs, “Can’t I be seen with the people I’m working with without being linked to them? Not too many people know this. But Siddharth Mallaya actually runs the whole IPL show for his father. So it was natural for me to celebrate with him when our team won a match. Anyway the IPL season is now over. So I guess that rumour will end.”
Deepika is very happy about her roles so far. “Housefull was a new experience. I had to do comedy. Like Akshay Kumar, I chose to do a more subtle comedy in Housefull. For me being funny doesn’t mean screaming and rolling my eyes. Now I have three films that are about to be completed. Ashutosh Goawriker’s Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se, Pradeep Sarkar’s Lafange Parindey, and Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad. Let’s see which comes next.”
Apparently Neil is so protective of Deepika that he gets tense every time she has to perform a stunt sequence.
“Neil does get tense. It’s very sweet of him. But I insist on doing what I want to.”
— Subhash K Jha / Sampurn Wire