After amassing critical acclaim for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is gearing up for another power-packed film with Irrfan Khan and ace filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. Deepika and Irrfan will be teaming up for the second time after Shoojit Sircar’s Piku. The actress has already started prepping up for her role that is based on Sapna Didi, also known as Rahima Khan, the Mafia Queen from the 80’s.
A leading daily has reported that Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan-starrer has finally got a name and it will be called ‘Rani’. The source said, “Deepika has already started the preparation for her role of a Mafia queen and she is quite particular that she gets the tonality and body language as close to the late Sapna Didi who was once a terror for other gangsters. The shoot will begin by early March in Mumbai. After Padmaavat, her fans will love to see her in a whole new avatar of a lady don and hence she is really working meticulously to strike the right chord.”
Irrfan Khan will be playing Deepika’s husband in the film, called Kaliya.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Deepika Padukone spilt some beans on working with Irrfan Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj. She said, “I’m going to use this as an opportunity to go back to being a student in so many ways because I feel like I’m going to learn so much from this. Of course, I learn with every film experience, I learn so much. But, I think it will be time for me to really stay very focused and imbibe and learn from Irrfan and from Vishal sir. But it’s also going to be a lot of fun. They both have an amazing sense of humour. I don’t know if the atmosphere will allow for that but I do know that in our downtime, we’ll have a good time as well.”
On being paired up against Irrfan Khan for the second time, she said, “The fact that Irrfan sir and I are going to be working together again, I’m so excited about that. Other than the brilliant actor that he is and all of us know, we see that but, he’s also such an amazing human being. It is going to be very special.”
Irrfan Khan will also be seen in Abhinav Deo’s Blackmail. The teaser of the film has been released a couple of days ago. It is a dark comedy helmed by the makers of Delhi Belly. On the other hand, Deepika Padukone will play Amrita Pritam in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film which also stars Abhishek Bachchan.