Bajirao Mastani is the toughest film of my career, says Deepika Padukone

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Deepika Padukone has played a daughter in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku and a girl-next-door in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, but the actor has never played the role of a warrior before. It’s for the first time that Deepika will be seen donning an armour in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Bajirao Mastani. And the 29-year-old actor says feels that Bajirao Mastani was more draining than Ram Leela.

In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, Deepika plays the role of Mastani. “It has been very difficult. It has been the toughest film of my career. I don’t like to talk about the effort one has put into, as eventually what is portrayed on screen matters,” Deepika told PTI.

“I worked very hard for this film. When we did Ram Leela it was emotionally and physically draining film, but now…’Ram Leela’ feels easy and effortless in comparison to Bajirao Mastani,” the Cocktail actor said.

Deepika reveals that besides shooting for long hours, the team had to devote lot of time for the film’s preparation. “We shot for 10-14 hours, did horse riding, fight lessons, dance rehearsals, dialogue session. Sir (Bhansali) was involved every time,” she said.

Deepika says she was inspired by the Mastani’s qualities. “It was very inspiring (role). I wish she was alive today, I wish I could meet her, see her, interact with her. I will be meeting her family soon. It was not about her beauty, strength, being a lover or nurturer and warrior. I think all women have these qualities in them,” she said.

Deepika feels the qualities of Mastani are something that every woman has. “We may not be warrior, but we women have survival and fighting instinct. Every woman is a lover and nurturer. All these qualities are there in every woman,” she said.

Some portions of the film are yet to be shot, which Deepika says will be completed by this month-end. “We would be done by the end of this month. We have three weeks of work left. After that, it will be wrap up on Bajirao Mastani. The trailer will be out next month,” she added.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani also stars Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. The film is set to hit the screens on December 18.

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