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Ranbir, Deepika 'comfortable with each other'

May 6, 2013


MUMBAI, May 6 -- Director Ayan Mukherjee, who has paired former couple Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in his upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, says he appreciates the actors' attitudes towards work. The film has created quite a buzz from the time it went on floors primarily because of the pairing of Ranbir and Deepika. "Their dating earlier was not a big deal, they were a couple, there were a lot of controversies later like the Koffee with Karan episode. But today there is nothing like that... they are now good friends and co-stars," Ayan said. "They are very comfortable with each other," he added.

The promo of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani ends with Deepika's dialogue- Mujhe Tumse Pyar Ho Jayega... Phir Se? to Ranbir.

"A lot has been said about Deepika's line in the promo. There is excitement among the audience and I am happy about it. It was part of the story when I wrote that line. It comes as a natural part of the scene. There are many points in the film where people will feel they would have been good together," he said.

Ayan reveals that before zeroing in on Ranbir and Deepika he had some names in mind, but cast the two actors because they fit the bill. "A lot has been said about their coming together, during the casting process none of that was in our mind. We were trying to find the right actors for the roles.

"We took time as we wanted to be 100 per cent sure about the casting. I feel both were right choices and I am happy they agreed to do the film," he added. Releasing on May 31, the romantic film is produced by Karan Johar and also stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin.

This is Ayan's second film, the first being Wake up Sid (2009). It took him close to four years for his second directorial venture and he is quite okay with it. "I needed time to make this film as I wanted to do it correctly. At many levels I think understanding of what I wanted to make was required, writing it correctly and then presenting it. Creativity does not cater to timelines," he said.

The idea for this film came to Ayan much before Wake Up Sid happened. He feels he has grown as a director with the second film. "I think I have been able to express myself much more, there is openness with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani."

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