Mumbai: 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 attitude of the two actors towards work.
Before they split, Ranbir and Deepika were last seen together in `Bachna Ae Haseeno`.
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 and etc. But today there is nothing like that... They are now good friends and co-stars," Ayan told PTI in an interview here.
"They are very comfortable with each other. It makes me feel good about their attitude towards work," he said.
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 the part of the scene, it is very natural. 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 finally 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. Ayan does not believe in making one film a year.
"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 germ of the idea for this film came to Ayan much before his debut as a director happened with `Wake up Sid`. 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`. And in some ways the film is about different facets of life -- friendship, love, etc. I was obsessed to make this film. I am happy I have made it now," he added.