Mumbai: In 2010, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone's movie Lafangey Parindey hit the screens, but it didn't do well in the box-office. However, the lead pair's friendship started blooming ever since.

There were rumours about their growing friendship on the sets of the movie. And a tweet by Neil added fuel to the fire. He had tweeted, ''I stood outside Deepika's door yesterday with a red rose for three hours. Then I realised that she had gone for the promotions of Aarakshan.''


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In an interview with a leading daily, Neil had confessed that he is fond of Deepika as she is a very sweet person. "She is one of the sweetest people I know,'' said Neil in the interview.

He added, "She is almost family - my 4 am friend whom I can talk to about anything and everything. Her smile is so contagious. I am very fond of her."

Not just Neil, Deepika too had called him very caring. In an interview to a web portal, the Piku actress had revealed, ''Working with Neil was a brilliant experience. I think he is a nice, caring man who takes care of everyone on the set.'' She also added, "He believes that filmmaking is like a family reunion, he takes an interest in everyone's togetherness. I personally loved working with Neil."


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Deepika also said that Neil did her make-up one day. ''Honestly, I think Neil is the most giving actor I have worked with. I can definitely say that he is most supportive. He puts me before himself. There are days when it's an important scene for him too, but he would be there to support me and worry about my performance,'' she said.


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On the work front, Deepika will next be seen in the upcoming movie Chhapaak with co-star Vikrant Massey in the lead role. The movie is being directed by Meghna Gulzar and is scheduled to be released on January 10, 2020. The movie is Deepika's first project as a producer. It happens to be a biopic, which is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. 

On the other hand, Neil will be seen in the upcoming action drama Saaho co-starring Baahubali star Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor. He will also be seen in his younger brother Naman’s directorial titled Bypass Road that features Hasee Toh Phasee actress Adah Sharma. 

He has also been roped in for Ankoosh Bhatt’s Firrkie, which co-stars Karan Singh Grover, Sandeep Dhar, Shibani Dandekar, Jackie Shroff and Kay Kay Menon.