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Deepika-Irrfan: Match point..

Deepika Padukone

By HT

Mumbai, Jan. 12 -- Deepika Padukone might not be a professional badminton player like her father, Prakash Padukone, but she certainly enjoys picking up the racquet recreationally whenever she gets a chance.

The actor, who has played state level badminton in the past, did exactly that on the sets of her upcoming film, when she found an enthusiastic and worthy opponent in her co-star, Irrfan Khan.

An insider from the set says, "They were sitting together one day and Irrfan asked Deepika if she would like to play a game of badminton since he saw some racquets lying around. Ever since, the two have been hooked to the sport. Whenever they get a few minutes off from work, they head out to play."

The insider adds that what initially started as friendly games soon turned into a competition of sorts, with the actors keeping count of the games they won and lost. "This one time, they got so involved in the game that Shoojit (Sircar; director) had to drag them back to the sets for their shot," says the source.

When contacted, Irrfan confirmed the story, adding, "I had to play better than Deepika, and you must understand that it was a real task. I have asked her to give me some time [to prepare], so we can have a proper match soon."