Deepika Padukone, who will be seen playing the role of a Gujarati girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film, Ram-Leela, had to learn the nuances of the regional language for her part.
However, unlike most actors who hire linguistics experts to teach them the same, Deepika took on the challenge to pick up Gujarati without a trainer. But she does admit that she would never have succeeded in doing so had it not been for her friends.
“Since she has a lot of Gujarati friends, she just asked them to interact with her in the language, and she made sure she called them for advice whenever she needed any,” says a source close to Deepika. The actor, meanwhile, reveals that she didn’t need to work a lot on her accent. “Leela is more like the girls of today,” says Deepika, adding, “So I didn’t have to change my accent completely; I just threw in a couple of words. And since I’ve had a lot of Gujarati friends growing up, I’m familiar with the language and the culture.”
Also starring Ranveer Singh, the film is set to release in November.