Pt. Birju Maharaj said "I met Deepika in Delhi before the final shoot in Mumbai. That time I taught her some basic mudras of Kathak. Deepika told me that she was worried about the dance number as she was not Madhuri (Dixit)... I told her not to worry and she worked really hard to get the steps right."
Birju Maharaj watched Deepika’s film with Shah Rukh Khan 'Happy New Year' to learn about her dance skills. Pandit Ji said "I had gone to watch 'Happy New Year' only with one motive that I have to see how Deepika dances as I have to choreograph her next. I believe, Deepika does brilliant acting but she should do more classical dance so that she can improve her dancing skills."