Before the Koffee gets Cold: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh melted hearts with their wedding video, but it’s what they didn’t say that raised eyebrows.
Ever since Shakun Batra’s film Gehraiyaan released last year, the grapevine is abuzz with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh being in an ‘open marriage’. If the open marriage bit wasn’t doing the job, rumours of their impending divorce started doing the rounds. Now, the couple has appeared on Koffee with Karan Season 8 in an attempt to shut down the rumour mill.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were the first guests on Koffee with Karan Season 8
Did they succeed?
Fans of the couple surely have enough reason to rejoice, looking at the two actors go down memory lane, share unseen wedding footage, and give us a peek into the sweet mundanities of their life. It’s what each of them didn’t dwell on is that lent an intrigue, a dark edge to their otherwise too-good-to-be-true marriage.
For instance, Ranveer did all the heavy lifting when it came to the couple talking about their past: how they courted each other, how he proposed to her, and how she broke the news to her family. Deepika just smiled and sporadically chuckled along, as if she was listening to it for the first time. Ranveer had a very clear version of the story to tell, whereas Deepika seemed like she was discovering it and joining the dots with us.
On the other hand, once they shared the wedding video, Deepika took charge of the conversation. Because then, the conversation veered past the honeymoon phase. She touched upon the tougher things: how each of them has a very different upbringing, lifestyle, and priorities. She acknowledged it’s been tough, but they’re willing to work towards a successful marriage. “It’s the work that makes it special,” Deepika said, as Ranveer acknowledged it with a gesture that seemed more like a surrender than an agreement.
Both Ranveer and Deepika played on their strengths. He’s all heart so he focused on the courtship, where love has just started blossoming. She’s all brains, and far more diplomatic, so she set the tone for us on how to see the couple in their present and the future.
Wedding video – a masterstroke
To share their wedding movie for the first time on the show clearly helped the cause.
At a time when newly married actors are releasing their custom-made wedding videos in cahoots with music companies and bridalwear designers (like Kiara Advani, Parineeti Chopra) or selling them to streaming platforms (like Nayanthara, Hansika Motwani), the five-year delay in the release of DeepVeer’s wedding movie deserves credit for actually keeping the things intimate.
More than the wedding video itself, it’s Karan Johar’s instinctive reaction that actually struck a chord with those watching. For him to break into tears, give the couple a tight hug, and then explain how he feels deprived of a meaningful relationship – the reaction felt like the most organic part of the episode. If this was couple’s therapy, then making the therapist cry says more about his sensitivity, his emotional void, than about the marriage of the couple.
‘Before the Koffee gets Cold’ is a weekly column that goes beyond the froth to study the storm inside the Koffee cup.