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‘Deepika surprised me in ‘Bajirao..’ action scenes’

Reuniting with the two protagonists of Bajirao Mastani, ace action director Sham Kaushal said he was surprised to see Deepika Padukone executing the combat scenes with perfection, while he had to ask Ranveer Singh to mellow down for the action sequences.

Director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani has Ranveer as Peshwa Bajirao and Deepika playing Mastani. It features Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai, the wife of Bajirao.

“The action in the film is very authentic. You can’t compare it with the modern day or past. We had to keep it real. The technique is modern but the way of doing it is old,” said Kaushal.

The 59-year-old action director has worked with both Ranveer and Deepika in several films but said the dedication the two actors brought for Bajirao Mastani was commendable. “Deepika is dedicated, committed and intelligent. She gets into nitty-grittes. It is not easy to portray ‘Mastani’.

When going for war sequences she has to show softness on her face and be strong at the same time. Deepika surprised me... She has never done that kind of combat action earlier,” Kaushal, who has directed the action sequences of Krissh franchise, said.

For Ranveer, whom he has worked in action-drama Gunday, Kaushal said had to tell Ranveer to mellow down.

“...Bajirao has to be rough and a hard man. With Ranveer, I had to tell him to control his energy. His energy is inbuilt we don’t have to tell him to charge up ever. They both have done a great job,” he said.

“Deepika is like daughter to me and I call Ranveer, Tiger. They are like my kids. They have faith in me... We share a great rapport. They are hard working.” 
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