Actress Deepika Padukone talks about her career, film roles and upcoming movie ‘Finding Fanny Fernandes’
She has scored a hat-trick of hits on the Bollywood pitch, with each film offering a different flavour of her versatile talent, but Deepika Padukone is in no mood to rest. She is raring to go with more multifarious roles and says she will continue to give them all her 100 per cent. Her first big hit of the year, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ saw her impress the audience as nerdy Naina, and she followed up its success with her South Indian act as Meenamma in the box office record-breaking ‘Chennai Express’.
Deepika’s latest release ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’, in which she plays a Gujarati girl, has also made its way to the Rs.100 crore club. “It is magical,” the 27-year-old told us on phone as she shared her sentiment post the film’s success, but she was quick to add that “nothing has changed”. Her debut in Hindi films was like a fairytale – she entered with Shah Rukh Khan in 2007 blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’ and the reincarnation drama turned out to be a perfect springboard for the success and popularity that she continues to revel in even today. In fact, she is enjoying much more.
However, a career graph can’t be “planned”, says the tall and dusky beauty, who made a natural transition from the modelling world to the big screen. “I’ve always believed that everyone has one’s own pattern, the only thing that I can do is to work with the best of my ability, to work honestly and whole-heartedly and to know that I’m giving your 100 per cent. I think the results follow eventually,” said Deepika, who is the daughter of Ujjala and former badminton star Prakash Padukone, who was one of the world’s best badminton players in his time.
She is also ready to take on more new kinds of films. Independent films? She drove the conversation to her first 2014 release – Homi Adajania’s ‘Finding Fanny Fernandes’, an English language film produced by Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films. “I’ll call it alternate, because it will be pitched differently and it will look slightly different from some of the other films that I have done in the past,” explained Deepika, who finds it “strange” to dissect her films into mainstream commercial and alternate cinema.
“I think it is convenient from the audience’s point of view to categorise films, but for an actor, what I bring to a film is the same. The only thing probably different in ‘Finding Fanny’ is that it’s an English language film. That was the first time for me, but in terms of my approach to a film, in terms of what I bring to a film or character, that doesn’t change with the type of film I do. It doesn’t matter if I am doing a ‘Chennai Express’, I’m less or more committed. My enthusiasm for every film will be the same, irrespective of the budget of the film or the way the film looks.”
How about her experience of playing such different characters and yet getting the act right each time? “I think in my case, it’s just that the films are doing well commercially, that people are sitting up and noticing that each of my films is different from the other in terms of characters. But if you step back a bit, you will realise that even in between 2009 and 2011, the films I did didn’t do well commercially, whether it was ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’, where I played a freedom fighter, to ‘Break Ke Baad’ to ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’…I am including my first film ‘Om Shanti Om’, where I played a heroine from the 1980s… So, from the start of my career, I have had the opportunity to play various characters. I am glad that I haven’t been slotted as doing just one kind of character or just being stuck to doing one kind of cinema.”
MY SISTER MY MOST BLUNT CRITIC: DEEPIKA PADUKONE
Actress Deepika Padukone talks about her younger sister Anisha Padukone and relationships…
Deepika Padukone, who has been appreciated for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest offering ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ram Leela’, says her younger sister Anisha Padukone is her most blunt critic. She is always very honest, and “I don’t mind it,” Deepika said. “She is very honest about her opinion. She is my most blunt critic and she speaks her heart. Even if she is criticising me, I don’t mind it because she is very honest and she wants me to do well. As far as ‘Ram Leela’ is concerned, she just loved the film,” Deepika told us. The 27-year-old, who is riding high on a string success, says she is not ready for a relationship. “I don’t think I am ready for a relationship at the moment. I don’t think my career has anything to do with my relationship. It’s just that I am in a happy space right now and not ready to be in a relationship,” said Deepika .
I AM TRADITIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE
Deepika Padukone, whose sizzling on-screen chemistry with ‘Ram-Leela’ co-star Ranveer Singh is the talk of the town, says her notions about romance are very traditional. The 27-year-old actress is playing a free-spirited girl opposite Ranveer in the musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’. “I believe in the old school form of love, which I have seen growing up with my parents and my extended family. I am very traditional when it comes to love, marriage and relationships. This is because I do not know any other way as I have been brought up like this,” Deepika said. For the actress, who has collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the first time, has been the most difficult film in her career.
“‘Ram Leela’ has been the most difficult film that I have done. This is because I had to go on the shoot like a blank slate everyday and he (Bhansali) would mould me. I would go on the sets and take the day as it came. So, it was unnerving because you don’t know how the day would go,” she said.