July 7, 2009 1:11:02 pm
Actress Deepika Padukone feels the spirit of sportsmanship,which she imbibed from her father and Badminton ace Prakash Padukone,helps her balance the highs and lows in the film industry.
“I know how to deal with success and failure. The success of ‘Om Shanti Om’ did not affect me nor did the failure of Chandni Chowk to China’. I have learnt this as a sportsperson myself and from my father,” Deepika said.
“In two years,I have reached this far despite being a rank newcomer. It’s a nice feeling. I had never been on a film set nor assisted anybody in direction. But I am definitely not satisfied. I am still learning a lot,” she said.
The model-turned actress teamed up with her father to play a doubles match against Bollywood star Aamir Khan and badminton player Aparna Popat in an exhibition game at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) court here on Sunday before the final of the Tata Open Badminton Tournament.
Deepika is eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Love Aajkal’ on July 31,where she is paired opposite Saif Ali Khan,who makes his debut as a producer with this movie.
“It’s a story about love and relationships,” she said adding her character ‘Meera’ is similar to her in real life.
“She is young,modern.. at the same time conventional and traditional. Like me,she is career minded,focused but also believes in love,relationships and the institution of marriage,” Deepika said.
Talking about her forthcoming projects,the actress said she has completed shooting for ‘Karthik calling Karthik’,directed by newcomer Vijay Lalwani opposite Farhan Akhtar and it will be ready for release this year end or early next year.
Sajid Khan’s ‘Housefull’ goes on the floors next week,where she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar.
On her last film ‘Chandni chowk to China’,which failed to click at the box office,she said,”If I knew I would not have been part of it. I was in the film due to the excitement of a double role and being part of an action film.”
“Akshay was making a comeback as an action hero after a long time. It had the scope of being an international film having Warner Brothers as the producer. But,something went wrong,” she added.
To a question on being cast opposite older heroes in most of her films,Deepika said,”Casting is not in my hands. If the script works for me,everything else is secondary,” she said.
Speaking about her family and relationships,Deepika said she does take time for her family and boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor,who was cast opposite her in ‘Bachna aae Haseeno’.
“It is necessary for an actor to keep in touch with other aspects of life,” she said.
Deepika said she does not regret making her relationship with Ranbir public.
“If you deny or accept that you are a couple,there is a problem. But we have learnt to keep details of our relationship private,” she said.
“Speculation and controversies are other side of being an actor,” she said adding that she is looking for healthy competition from fellow actors.
“Competition is important otherwise I would feel lonely,” Deepika said.
The actress,who stays alone in Mumbai,said she keeps her parents informed of everything happening in her life.
“For professional decisions,I take their advice because as outsiders it is very important to know what they think.
There are professionals here with me to give advice. It’s good but different. But when you talk to parents you get a fresher approach. The final decision is always mine,” she said.
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