Biggest learning was not to prepare for `Ram-Leela`: Deepika Padukone

Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone says she did not prepare much for Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s upcoming film `Ram-Leela` and was ready to be moulded by the director.

"I think my biggest learning on this film was to not prepare, because that`s his (Bhansali) way of filmmaking. It`s easier if you go as a blank slate and allow him to mould you. I don`t over prepare for scenes anyway. I always feel like a large part of it should be spontaneous. But you have to prepare a little. After 2-3 days I realised it (preparation) won`t work with him," Deepika said at the unveiling of Starweek magazine here yesterday.

"Everyday is a new day when you are working with him and I think that nervousness has made me understand my craft a lot more," she said.

In the film, Deepika is paired opposite Ranveer Singh and their on-screen chemistry has caught everyone`s attention.

"He has a lot of energy. He has done a lot of research for the film and he`s an extremely helpful co-star. It`s been wonderful working with him and I think he is one of the finest actors of our generation," she said.

Ranveer feels he makes the best pair with Deepika. To this, she says, "But I`ve had great chemistry with three other people as well as Ranbir, Saif and Shah Rukh. So I think chemistry lies in the script, dialogues and in the way the characters are written."

In `Ram-Leela`, Deepika is a Gujarati girl while in her last film `Chennai Express` she played a Tamilian girl.

"There was a point where I was shooting both these films at the same time. I haven`t done a film (`Ram-Leela`) which is so rustic and earthy," she said.

Deepika also rubbished rumours of a body double being used for her in `nagada sang dhol` song.

"Who is spreading these rumours? You want to see the sores of my feet? How badly the skin has come off? I`ve worked very hard, don`t take away the credit," she said.

Deepika and fellow actress Priyanka Chopra happen to be good friends and the latter even did a special song in `Ram-Leela`.

"I was in Dubai for `Happy New Year` while they were shooting the song, so I didn`t know what they were going to do with it. I had heard the track and sir had told me about it. The first time I saw the song was when it released and I think she has done such a flawless job. I saw it I was floored," Deepika said.

This year Deepika had three hit films - `Race 2`, `Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani` and `Chennai Express` - and now she has `Ram-Leela` up for release on November 15.

"I hope 2014 is as special for me as 2013 was. At the beginning of the year the only thing I knew was that I was going to have four releases. I didn`t know how each film was going to do. Each film was so different from the other. It also tested me in terms of the amount of work I was doing," the actress said.

"There was a point I was doing `Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani`, `Chennai Express` and shooting `Ram-Leela` all at the same time. But looking at the result of the above first two films I can`t complain. It was worth it," she said.

Deepika feels a bit nervous about the expectations from the audience. "I am a little nervous, a little anxious but I think it`s always nice to have that feeling. It`s like a test.

Every Friday is that moment of truth where you`ve believed in a film, given your sweat and blood and the only thing that you can do is hope the audience sees the same thing that you saw in that film," she added.