With the commencement of ‘Koffee with Karan Season 8’, a significant revelation has come to light. Deepika Padukone was not the initial choice for the film ‘Ram Leela.’ She found her place in the movie as a replacement. During this phase, her romantic chemistry with Ranveer Singh caught the world’s attention.

‘Koffee with Karan Season 8’ began on October 26th. Bollywood’s beloved couple, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, made their entry as the first guests. During this time, Karan Johar introduced them warmly. He praised the couple’s chemistry and humorously mentioned that seeing them together made his mind wander into inappropriate territory. This light-hearted exchange led to Ranveer Singh cheekily calling Karan Johar a naughty uncle. It is the first time that Ranveer Singh and Deepika have appeared as a couple on a chat show. After their introduction, the session delved into a whirlwind of Karan Johar’s controversial questions.

The Story of Deepika’s Entry

Karan Johar began by asking about the inception of their love story. In response, Ranveer Singh made a significant revelation. He disclosed that Deepika Padukone was not the original choice for the female lead in ‘Ram Leela.’ Kareena Kapoor had initially been cast in her role. The shooting was set to start a week before it commenced when Kareena abruptly decided not to do the film, leading to a new challenge for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director. Amidst this dilemma, Ranveer suggested Deepika Padukone as her replacement, based on his appreciation for her performance in the recently released film ‘Cocktail.’ Thus, Deepika Padukone’s entry as the lead actress occurred at the last moment.

Kareena’s Earlier Refusal

This wasn’t the first instance when Kareena had to let go of the opportunity to work with Bhansali. Earlier, she had declined to be a part of the director’s film ‘Devdas,’ and the role eventually went to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Kareena had shared her sentiments about this experience. She revealed that even though she had signed the contract and been offered a signing amount, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had suddenly replaced her with another actress. This decision was deeply hurtful, particularly because it happened at the beginning of her career. She expressed that the incident had left her deeply upset, saying, “If I have no work, I would not work with him.”

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