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Deepika on a high

Except for a few murmurings here and there, Ms Padukone seems to have created an impact with Love Aaj Kal

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Published: Mon 3 Aug 2009, 8:31 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Apr 2015, 1:24 PM

DEEPIKA IS DEFINITELY on cloud nine. Four- film-old Deepika, who debuted with a super hit Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan, couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. Though in OSO, she was accepted, she was never really appreciated for her talent. Then came Bachna Ae Haseeno where she was criticised for her stone-like acting skills and it would be better if one kept mum about the debacle of the year Chandni Chowk To China.

But with Imtiaz Ali at the helm, her latest film Love Aaj Kal seems to have put Deepika finally in the big league. Most critics are singing praise about Deepika’s amazing performance in the film that marks Saif Ali Khan’s debut as a producer and especially her capability to emulate with her silence and her eyes. 

But one wonders, is Kareena feeling the pinch? Kareena is singing praises about Saif’s performance and Imtiaz’s direction skills, but totally avoids speaking about Deepika’s performance. Insiders insist that Kareena cannot expect any other actress to outshine her in an Imtiaz movie. It was Imtiaz who gave her her first major solo hit Jab We Met, and along with it a truckload of awards, appreciation and a better market value. Add to that the fact that it is boyfriend Saif Ali Khan’s first production venture and she wasn’t even considered for the part.

An insider informs, “Even though Kareena says she was okay with Deepika being a part of the movie, she did have a fight with Saif in London. Kareena felt that as his girlfriend she had every right to be in Saif’s first home production.” It was also Kareena who suggested Imtiaz’s name to Saif as both the men have a very special place in her life. The source also confirms that even though Saif has been declaring in all his interviews that he would have loved if Kareena was a part of Love Aaj Kal, this is far from the truth. The fact is he never insisted on Kareena as the female lead because he wanted his movie to be foolproof. And also wanted to avoid any comparisons as Kareena and then boyfriend Shahid Kapoor were a part of Imtiaz’s Jab We Met.

We’re sure that Deepika is a happy girl toda, y because her performance is a slap on everybody’s face who thought that Kareena would have done a much better job than her!

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