Saif and my chemistry not tangible, it just happened: Deepika

Mumbai: Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone have been paired up romantically for the third time in `Cocktail` and the actress insists that the chemistry between them just happened and it`s vital to love stories.

"I guess things like chemistry is between characters more than anything else. When we set out to do `Love Aaj Kal` we did not plan that we are going to have this chemistry. It just happened..It is something we did not expect or planned out. Sometimes, some things just fall in place," Deepika said.

"`Cocktail` is a second romantic-comedy that we are doing together with Illumanti Production. Our chemistry is something thats not tangible...You either have it or don`t. For the kind of films that we have acted in, we need to have it. In love stories its very important," said Deepika, who also starred opposite Saif in political drama `Aarakshan`.

The romantic-comedy directed by Homi Adajania stars Saif, Deepika and newcomer Diana Penty in lead roles, besides Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani.

"Cocktail is about three different characters - Gautam, Veronica and Meera, their background is completely different. How they meet, how they become best friends, living under one roof. And when friendship turns into love, the cocktail of emotions between friendship and love begins," Deepika said.

Deepika was offered both the roles - Meera, a simple desi girl and Veronica, an outspoken brat - and she opted to play the latter.

"The role of Meera is similar to the role that I did in `Love Aaj Kal` and it would have been easy to slip back into doing the same thing. I was ready for a risk and to take on something that is more slightly exciting and challenging," Deepika said.

"I was tempted to do Meera but I thought Veronica would be challenging. So I called up Imtiaz to help me chose out of the two, I told him I am keen to do both...Can I do a double role. But Imtiaz told me I should play Veronica," Deepika said.

The leggy actress admits that it was not easy for her to detach from the character of Veronica.

"I took very long time to detach from Veronica. I think every actor gets a role or a film in their life that they find hard to leave. For me `Cocktail` is a special film. I got so attached to the character of Veronica that after we finished shooting for the film, it was difficult for me to detach Veronica from myself," she said.

Ask her if a new camp is formed between Saif, Dinesh Vijan and her, Deepika says, "No nothing like that..Why will there be a camp. I am really happy that they believe in me so much which is why their production house gave me two films -- `Love Aaj Kal`, `Cocktail` out of three. I do feel special to the production house but that is because Dinesh and I are on same level when it comes to understanding love stories."

Deepika has to pay Rs ten lakh to producer Dinesh Vijan after she lost a bet to him for one of the songs `Daaru Desi`, becoming a hit with the masses.

"I had told Dinesh that no one is going to like the song `Daaru Desi`. I had a bet with him on this song for Rs ten lakhs. And today it has become one of the most popular songs. So I have lost it. I told him to deduct it from my pay but he said he will give me full fees and then will take from it. I am hoping that he will say, let it be," she said.


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