Did Deepika Padukone refuse to share stage with BFF Priyanka Chopra at awards show?
Two actresses can’t be friends, it is said, but Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra seemed to shatter that myth by bonding like BFFs. And their cool chemistry and camaraderie was evident in the 'Pinga' track from 'Bajirao Mastani' (2015). However, now it seems all isn’t well between the duo.
Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone at the awards gala launch
Sources involved with an upcoming Bollywood awards show in Spain reveal that the two hotties were supposed to match steps to the song on stage, but Deepika wasn’t game for it. A source says, “The organisers had approached Priyanka and Deepika for a joint performance, and the former was enthused by the proposal. However, Deepika refused to perform alongside her contemporary for reasons best known to her.”
Another source says the two girls weren’t really bonding during the shoot of 'Bajirao Mastani' as it was made out to be. “They were formal with each other and stories of them bonding and not being competitive had been cooked up. A professional rivalry does exist between them. Both actresses are trying their luck in Hollywood with Priyanka being part of American TV show 'Quantico' and Hollywood film 'Baywatch' while Deepika has a release opposite Vin Diesel.
Priyanka and Deepika remained unavailable for comment.
Taking a dig
The three-day awards ceremony was launched on Thursday with industry A-listers including Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor in attendance. The trailer of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya starring newcomers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher was unveiled on the occasion, but Salman, who reached late, requested for it to be replayed. When PC and Dippy reportedly took their own sweet time to get down the stage to watch the trailer and chose to exchange a few words, the star made sarcastic comments about how the two actresses now being Hollywood stars wouldn’t be interested in a Bollywood film. “Both these girls have gone abroad and are doing their films. They don’t seem to care about Indian cinema now,” Salman said, raising chuckles.
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