‘Deep’ trouble?


Deepika Padukone’s love story, not the much publicised one with Ranbir Kapoor but the one she ended right before that, will now make it to the silver screen in a semi-biographical film directed by Prashant Chadda. Interestingly, the actress’ real life boyfriend Nihar Pandya, who she left for Ranbir, had agreed to play the lead in the project.
Director Chadda, who had been toying with the idea of putting his friend Nihar’s story on celluloid said, “Nihar is like my brother. I was very close to Deepika as well once upon a time. In fact, I had launched her in a music video. Everybody knows how she walked out of Nihar’s life for Ranbir. Nihar was heartbroken. He had done everything by the book. He looked after her for three-and-a-half-years. In fact Deepika stayed in Nihar’s house with his parents for three years.”
The Deepika and Nihar love story began in an acting institute in Mumbai in 2005. Though Deepika maintained that they were just friends, the extravagant birthday bashes Nihar organised for the actress revealed that there was more. Things changed drastically when Ranbir came into Deepika’s life and Nihar was allegedly left out in the cold.
“Nobody knows that Deepika actually came crying back to Nihar after breaking up with Ranbir the first time. Nihar went looking for Ranbir, intercepted his car and asked him what he was doing with Deepika. Ranbir shot back, ‘Ask your girlfriend that’. Even after all this, Nihar took Deepika back. And then the same thing happened with Yuvraaj Singh,” claimed Chaddha. Though the script of the film based on Deepika Padukone’s story of love and betrayal is still underway, the actress is reportedly in a state of panic. “Deepika heard about my plans for the film and asked me if it was true.”