Not Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone was approached first for THIS movie!
Rockstar created ripples in Bollywood for its unapologetic stance on love, relationship and creative freedom. The movie although became a turning point in Ranbir Kapoor's career but many loathed bout the female star cast i.e Nargis Fakhri and wished otherwise. Now we know not Nargis, Imitaz had Deepika Padukone in mind for the role during its initial stages even when she has not hit stardom. Imtiaz Ali, who recently, wrapped up the shooting of Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan’s Aaj Kal, shared that when he met Deepika for the first time, he wanted to offer her a role in Rockstar on her official website that is used to apread awareness against mental awareness.
“She got off the car at the hotel porch and looked at me. I immediately knew that this is the girl I have come to meet. She also immediately knew that I am the director she had come to meet because she had those eyes, that looked as if they know,” Imtiaz said, adding, “None of Deepika’s movies had released till then. I had come to meet her for Rockstar. I wanted her for Rockstar but the movie did not get made till many years later. I worked with her in other movies. Many things happened over many years at many places, all of which I might forget, but I will never forget the girl who stepped out of the car at the hotel and looked at me as if she knew” wrote the star on her website.
Deepika later made her Bollywood debut with Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh. Co-incidentally Deepika and Ranbir stated dating in 2007. Although we are not sure why she didn't star in the movie when it was made in 2011, but guess, Deepika's relationship with Ranbir that turned bitter played spoilsport.
Imitiaz however, managed to bring back Deepika and Ranbir for Tamasha.
Meanwhile, Deepika recently wrapped up Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak in which she plays the role of an acid attack survivor and currently, she is in London shooting for Kabir Khan’s 83 in which she will be essaying the role of Romi Dev, wife of Kapil Dev and Ranbir is shooting for Ayan Mukherjis' Brahmastra along with Alia Bhatt.