Ranveer Singh has enthusiastically spoken out about his fourth pairing with his wife Deepika Padukone for the sports film 83 as being the first where they both don’t die in the end.
The three films they’ve done together so far, all directed by the operatic maestro Sanjay Leela Bhansali, were love tragedies. In Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, and Padmavati, both Deepika and Ranveer’s characters die at the end.
A source close to Bhansali’s tragic trilogy wonders, however, if Deepika has enough of a role to play in 83. “The film is about the Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev winning the 1983 World Cup in England and Wales. How much of a role can Deepika have as Kapil Dev’s wife in a plot that is not devoted to Kapil’s off-field life?”
Sources claim that after back-to-back author-backed roles in Ram Leela, Piku, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavati, and the forthcoming Chhapaak, Deepika was reluctant to step aside from the center stage to act in 83. “She was in two minds, not certain if she wanted to play a non-central character,” said a source close to the producer.
What finally convinced Deepika to take up the role, then? “Mostly Ranveer, and perhaps the zeros on the cheque?” said a source close to the producers of 83.
Apparently, Deepika Padukone has been paid Rs 14 crores to agree to be part of a cricket film....