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'I pursued Deepika'
August 01, 2008 14:01 IST


Who pursued whom?

Ranbir: Of course, I pursued her. I'm quite orthodox that way. I feel a man should always pursue a woman.

Deepika: Even if I was interested I wouldn't have [made the first move].

Ranbir: But she was a hard nut to crack. She is someone, who is not that transparent. She is quite poker faced that way and I didn't know what she was thinking.

Deepika: The pursuing started from Sydney.

Ranbir: It so happened that we spent the entire month of January together while shooting for Bachna Ae Haseeno [Images] in Sydney. Once we got back, we spent time together while working on the Pepsi commercial. Gradually, we started meeting a lot, hanging out, going for dinners and coffee.

Deepika: He did one thing (giggles). Can I say it? He came all the way to Karjat to pick me up. I was shooting a song with Akshay Kumar [Images] for Chandni Chowk to China then, and he was free for a couple of days. He drove all the way to Karjat to pick me up and we spent the evening together.

Was it love at first sight?

Ranbir: We were attracted at the very first sight and then gradually we fell in love.

Deepika: We hit it off really well and we liked spending time with each other. And then, love happened slowly. We were friends for six months before we started seeing each other.

Did your partners then know about the lunch date?

Ranbir: Yeah, I think so.

Deepika: Both our partners at that time knew that we were going out. It was quite platonic. It was just lunch and nothing more to it.

Do past relationships bother you?

Ranbir: We do discuss it. I have a past and even she has a past. So it doesn't really matter. I'm, to a certain extent, friends with my exes.

Deepika: Even I continue to be friends with some of mine.

What was your reaction on viewing Ranbir's debut performance?

Deepika: We had just met then and we weren't really in touch at that point in time. For me seeing the scale of the film, and him being a part of it was a proud moment. I did go and watch the film.

Ranbir (interrupts): She didn't go and watch the film. I forced her to watch.

Deepika: I shouldn't be saying this but by the time I went into the theatre and watched it, it was already out of the theatres. I didn't want to watch a SLB [Sanjay Leela Bhansali [Images]] film on a DVD player, but I didn't have any other option. It was in Sydney when we watched the film together as he had the DVD. After that I have watched the film three more times. So I have watched it four times. The point is that he is extremely talented.

Ranbir: Now she has an added reason to watch the movie.  

Did you enjoy working together in Bachna Ae Haseeno?

Ranbir: When I had started working on this film, we were not seeing each other. So I was just looking forward to working on another movie, and also her being in the film. Our first schedule together was in Australia [Images] and we used to shoot and hang out together. Eat at McDonalds and Starbucks. She used to always order two mocha frapuccinos everyday at the shoot. So that was quite sweet.

Deepika: Yeah, that's where you made me put on weight. He would order burger for himself and also get one for me.

Ranbir: It all started over a burger and coffee (laughs).


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