Did you know THIS actress was offered Deepika Padukone’s role in ‘Ram-Leela’…
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2013 directorial ‘Ram Leela’ was a blockbuster at the box office. The romantic drama featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone went on to mint approx Rs 220 crores at the box office. Ranveer- Deepika’s on-screen chemistry was one of the highlights of the movie. Interestingly, the duo fell for each other during the shoot of the film.
After their successful venture, Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali roped in the couple for his next two movies- ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’. Recently, we got our hands on, an unknown fact about Bhansali’s ‘Ram-Leela’. According to journalist Bharathi Pradhan’s book, Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse. When Kareena Kapoor Khan walked out of ‘Ram-Leela’, PeeCee was approached and she readily agreed to play the female lead. (Also Read: Pool Time: Priyanka Chopra spends a sunny Sunday with her adorable niece!)
However, director Bhansali decided to get Deepika Padukone on-board replacing Priyanka at the last minute. In an interview earlier, SLB Productions’ former CEO, Sandeep Singh was quoted saying, “It was her desire to work with Bhansali and I believe that to this day, no film has fully tapped her talent. Anyway, shooting started with Deepika. PC was understandably no longer on talking terms with us.” Destiny had better plans for the actress, who later starred in ‘Mary Kom‘ and also a won National Award for the same.
Later, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had also said, “When creative people get together, it’s important they realise that what they’re creating is more important than you or me. Then came Mary Kom and I realised that this was a film she should do and must do but (given the strained circumstances) whether she would or not. But she also understood that this was a separate film, an independent idea, not linked with the other film. She doesn’t let go of opportunities.”
Buring the hatchet, PeeCee later did a special dance number in ‘Ram-Leela’. Speaking of her recent projects, Priyanka will be next seen in ‘Bharat’ featuring Salman Khan .