Deepika Padukone, one of the most sought after actresses of Bollywood today, knows how to be in news. Either on account of her link ups or break  her dressing style,  ever changing face book  and cutting tweets on her co-actresses, she is forever hitting the headlines.

After traversing a path of 5 years in the industry, she is now indeed very well acquainted with the intricacies involved in Bollywood.

In a candid chat with ‘Sakhi’, this aspect of her personality was clearly evident. Generally sporting a glam doll appearance, Deepika this time showed off her without make up natural looks. This change in her was worth noticing. Apparently this confidence comes along with having achieved a long sustained and stable career in this industry.

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S: No filmi background…no god father… But Deepika Padukone is a brand in Bollywood today. How does it feel?

D: After doing so many films, I have started experiencing a sense of achievement. Earlier people used to recognize me as Prakash and Ujjwala Padukone’s daughter. Although this identity will always remain but now people identify me as an individual, because of the kind of work I have done and my achievements. I have really toiled hard and strived hard to achieve the platform where I am standing today. There was a time when I used to carry my portfolio everywhere. I had dropped some photographs at Farah’s house too because I had heard that they were searching for a new face for Shah Rukh’s new film (Om Shanti Om). It was because of my parents’ blessings and my modeling background that I got selected. And then you all are familiar with my journey thereafter. I did face difficulties and hindrances in my path but I stood still and faced them with determination. And today, I am there in front of you.

S:  But you entered this industry without any acting background. Wasn’t it difficult?

D:  I didn’t directly enter Bollywood. I did my first film in South titled ‘Aishwarya’. Working in that film already groomed me a lot.  And then I did Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ in which I got an opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic actor like Shah Rukh. I learnt about professional subtleties during this period to a great extent. Farah is still very close to me. Whenever I need any guidance, I always make it a point to call her.

S: In times of crisis, do you ever feel that opting for Bollywood over badminton was a wrong decision?

D: No, even during the most difficult times, I have never thought this way. But yes I had never thought that I will become so successful. Talking about badminton, it is in my blood! I have been playing at state level. Till the time I could make a career in this field, I pursued it.
S:  Two back to back releases, is this good situation for an actor?

D: ‘Break ke Baad’ and ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se’ were films from different genres and were released after a considerable gap. So it didn’t create any significant difference. Although releasing two films together is not good from the commercial point of view but being an actor, I cannot decide about the release date of my film.

S: You worked with Abhishek and Imran for the first time, how was the experience?

D: Imran speaks less. During the shoots, most of the time his fiancé Avantika used to be there. She is a very jolly person and it was because of her that Imran became my friend. On the other hand, Abhishek is an extrovert. When Ashu (Ashutosh Gowarikar) had kept the shooting of ‘Khelein Hum Ji Jaan Se’ in Goa, the whole Bachhan family had come. Even Abhishek became a friend. Talking about chemistry, it is more between characters than actors. My friendship is generally more with directors rather than actors. During ‘Love Aaj Kal’ I became friends with Imtiaz and now its Danish.

S: You had a kissing scene in ‘Break Ke Baad’. How comfortable were you with the scene?

D: I don’t have much problem with these kinds of scenes. I am in a profession where according to the requirements, I have to mould myself. And as a matter of fact, these kinds of scenes on Indian screen are not new for the audiences now.

S: Since the very beginning you have been constantly compared with Sonam Kapoor. Do you think the comparison is justified? What is your opinion?

D: There is nothing wrong in comparing. Real brothers and sisters are compared with each other. Sonam’s father, Anil Kapoor is also a veteran actor. She has been brought up in a ‘filmy’ environment. I had my parents’ blessings with me and my self confidence. It was not a cake walk for both of us. I just know that I carved out my career myself.

S: Recently in ‘Koffee with Karan’ you along with Sonam joked about your ex boyfriend Ranbir…

D: The format of that show is different. We didn’t make fun of anyone. We gave our replies according to the questions which were asked.

S: Any specific reason for breaking up with Ranbir?

D: I would not like to talk about this.

S: If you are offered a role in a film with him, will you become a part of it?

D: It depends upon the depth of my role. 

S: Have you ever taken any acting related tips from Ranbir?

D: Yes, I have learnt quite a few things from Ranbir. In this regard, my co star Neil Nitin Mukesh and Shahana Goswami have also helped me a lot.

S: A lot is being said about your closeness with Siddharth Mallya. Will you ever like to get married to him in future?

D: No, at the moment I do not have any such plans. Siddharth is a very good friend and a well wisher.

S: So when do you plan to get married?

D: Not in the next 8-10 years. Right now I want to focus on my career, I don’t even think about marriage.

S: What are the new things you are doing?

D: My next project is ‘Desi Boyz’ with John and Akshay Kumar. Homi Adjaniya’s untitled film with Imran and ‘Race 2’ with Saif and John. Work on some proposals is going on.