Mumbai: These days Deepika Padukone is as busy as she could get. The actress is now concentrating on learning Garba which is a Gujarati dance form. She is enthusiastically trying to become perfect on this dance form as she has to perform five to six dances for her latest film Ram Leela which is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Though it is not that easy for her, since Sanjay is a perfectionist in whatever he does so he has called over traditional Garba dancers from Gujarat for Deepika and Richa Chadda.
A source said that, “Garba is a frenetic, almost violent form of dancing. Bhansali didn't want the filmy Garba. He wanted the real thing. So he got a couple of traditional Garba dancers from Gujarat to Mumbai to teach Deepika and Richa the real Garba.”
Rehearsals take place every evening at Juhu in Mumbai. “It is Richa, with her sore knee, who’s finding the going a bit tough. Deepika is very athletic and very swift on her feet. So is Richa. But Richa suffered a knee injury while doing an action scene for a film called Tamanchey and had to undergo knee surgery. So the aggressive Garba steps are not being kind to her knees,” the source added.
Deepika only knew Kathak as she learnt it while shooting for her first film Om Shanti Om. However, she seems to pick up fast during her Garba lessons. Deepika and Richa play two close friends Leela and Rasila in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.
- Chari Arora