Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are reuniting for the first time onscreen after their wedding with Kabir Khan’s upcoming sports drama, 83. The actress is playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi Bhatia in the film, which sees Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev. In a recent interview with Asian Age, Deepika opened on why she chose to portray Romi Bhatia's character on the big screen.
"I play the role of Romi Dev, wife of Kapil Dev in the movie and she was instrumental in Kapil Dev’s success, especially when he was the captain. She was part of the support system and I feel connected to that. I always feel that in an athlete’s life the wife and family sacrifice a lot of their own dreams to support the vision of the athlete, the goals that they set and they end up sacrificing their own career. I have seen it in my own family. My mother had been supportive to my father in his career. I think to see the human side, to see what an important role family play in success of athlete I took up this role," she said.
As per reports, the Padmaavat actress will be getting Rs 14 crore as remuneration for her role in the film. She will be playing a supporting role in 83. A source close to the producers of 83 earlier told Deccan Chronicle, "She was in two minds, not certain if she wanted to play a non-central character." Then what made her do the film? "Mostly Ranveer, and perhaps the zeros on the cheque?" said the source.Apart from 83, Deepika will be also seen in Chhapaak. The film, which is directed by Meghna Gulzar, is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.