But the most heartening has been the response  from people who have expressed a wish to "adopt" her. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, 'Piku' is an endearing father-daughter tale, with megastar Amitabh Bachchan essaying the role of Deepika's onscreen dad.

Their chemistry is natural, relatable and pleasing despite being one full of arguments.  What also stands out is Deepika's subdued and subtle camaraderie with Irrfan Khan in the film.

"The response has been overwhelming," Deepika said in an interview post the film's release."I think we had all thought that it's a sweet film and that people will connect with it, but none of us had expected it to become this big. It's gone beyond our own control. The biggest compliment for me has been... I know it may sound funny, but a lot of people want to adopt me," said the 29-year-old.

She says it's been the "biggest compliment". "Multiple people have told me that they want to adopt me after watching 'Piku', and that's very overwhelming," said Deepika, who in real life, is the daughter of former badminton ace Prakash Padukone.

 

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