In the winter of 2012, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were in a studio at Film City in Mumbai, along with the unit of the first film they did together, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was getting increasingly impatient—after shooting a song for three straight days, he was still unhappy with how Padukone's lehenga looked on the screen. He asked costume designer Maxima Basu to change the black outfit to white. Basu spun the new attire overnight and the crew began filming the song all over again.
Towards the end of the song, Padukone and Singh had to kiss each other. And long after Bhansali said 'cut', the couple's lips were still locked, their hands around each other's backs. A crew of over 50 people watched in stunned silence. That winter night, the temperature in the studio rose a little.
Finally, every member of the set was sure that what had been whispered about so far was true—a new romance was blooming off-screen. "We knew they are kind of a thing but Ang Laga De confirmed it. That kiss was so intensely passionate, nobody uttered a word. I still can't forget that sight. It was new love—euphoric and maddening," said a crew member who witnessed the scene, on condition of anonymity.
Once news of their offscreen chemistry spread across the set, Singh and Padukone made no effort to hide it."They'd call each other baby, eat together, and disappear into their vanity vans when not shooting. It was adorable. But we all thought this is yet another on-set romance that'll fade away once the film is over. It's a pretty standard thing in Bollywood."
The crew was wrong.
The crew was wrong. As Bhansali's epic love story about caste wars and romantic doom set the screen on fire, Bollywood had found a new love story it could once again root to fail. While Padukone was, as always, pretty low-key about the relationship, Singh was at the opposite end of the spectrum, often expressing his emotions in public.
In October 2013, a month...