New Delhi: Deepika Padukone turned 26 on Thursday and the actress, who is working on three films currently, wishes that the New Year brings her more success than 2011.

'Aarakshan' and 'Desi Boyz' hardly brought her any luck in the past year.

This year will see her working on 'Cocktail' with Saif Ali Khan, 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' with ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and 'Race 2'.

"Success is completely related to the box office. So yes, I want to be a part of successful films. By success I mean those movies which are commercially viable and also enjoyable.

"There is no fun to be a part of those films which are not liked by the audience. I want to strike a balance as was the case in films like 'Om Shanti Om' or 'Love Aaj Kal' which were good movies that also did really well with the audience," Deepika said.

The year gone by was just about okay for Deepika. While 'Desi Boyz' did an average business at the box office, 'Aarakshan' couldn't sustain beyond a good start. What really got her into limelight was her item number in 'Dum Maaro Dum'.

"It is great to be paired with Saif again after 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Aarakshan'. Also, I love the way director Homi Adajania (of 'Being Cyrus' fame) explains the scenes and then cans the shots. He is really innovative and 'Cocktail' - though it is not really the final title - is an altogether different experience that would surprise the audience”, Deepika said.

"As for 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani', I am just waiting to begin the shoot with Ranbir (Kapoor) and Ayan (Mukherjee). We begin shooting on March 1 and the film should hopefully release by end of year. Around the same time 'Race 2' should also release," she said.

'Race 2' would mark Deepika's entry into the glamorous world of action-thriller created by Abbas-Mustan. Initially, there was speculation about whether Deepika was a part of the films at all.

"I was always a part of 'Race 2'. It does happen that when there are so many actors involved, dates of one of them get pushed. Same was the case with my dates for 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani'. Once Karan (Johar) and (Ramesh) Tauraniji sorted it out, it was all cool."

While she is busy with these three films, status of another much-hyped film of her continues to be in limbo. Even though she has already shot for a song in Rajnikanth's 'Rana', there is no news about the film's further progress.

"I really don't have any clue around what's the current status on it. I am also waiting for the producers to revert and block my dates," Deepika said.

(Agencies)