‘Bajirao Mastani’ is the toughest film of my career, Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is playing a warrior in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and the ‘Piku’ actress talked about the hard work she and the team put on it. She said that ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was an emotionally draining for her.

She compared ‘Bajirao Mastani’ to ‘Ram Leela’ and said that ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is tougher compared to ‘Ram Leela’.

"It has been very difficult. It has been the toughest film of my career. I don't like to talk about the effort one has put into, as eventually what is portrayed on screen matters," Deepika told PTI.

"I worked very hard for this film. When we did Ram Leela it was emotionally and physically draining film, but now 'Ram Leela' feels easy and effortless in comparison to Bajirao Mastani," the Cocktail actor said.

Deepika talked about the working hours and practice session."We shot for 10-14 hours, did horse riding, fight lessons, dance rehearsals, dialogue session. Sir (Bhansali) was involved every time," she said.

Deepika says she was inspired by the Mastani's qualities. "It was very inspiring (role). I wish she was alive today, I wish I could meet her, see her, interact with her. I will be meeting her family soon. It was not about her beauty, strength, being a lover or nurturer and warrior. I think all women have these qualities in them," she said.

Deepika feels every woman possesses the qualities of Mastani. "We may not be warrior, but we women have survival and fighting instinct. Every woman is a lover and nurturer. All these qualities are there in every woman," she said.

Deepika says some portion of the film is left for shoot which will be completed by this month-end. "We would be done by the end of this month. We have three weeks of work left. After that, it will be wrap up on Bajirao Mastani. The trailer will be out next month," she added.

‘Bajirao Mastani’ also starring Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra is set to hit the screens on December 18.