Q. Hi Deepika, tell all about your character in Bachna Ae Haseeno. A. My character Gayatri is about a girl who is studying and working simultaneously in London. A lot of youth would relate to it because when you go abroad to study, you have to work for your daily expenses. She is a very independent girl. I could relate to it because I started working when I was 18 and I used to travel a lot when I was playing badminton.
Sonil Dedhia asks Deepika Padukone about BAH, Ranbir and badminton. Excerpts:
Hi Deepika, tell all about your character in BachnaAe Haseeno?
My character Gayatri is about a girl who is studying and working simultaneously in London. A lot of youth would relate to it because when you go abroad to study, you have to work for your daily expenses. She is a very independent girl. I could relate to it because I started working when I was 18 and I used to travel a lot when I was playing badminton.
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What made you get into modeling?
Initially I followed my fathers footsteps and started playing badminton. I started playing it during my schooling in Bangalore and I even played at National level. It was during my second year in college when I decided to get into modeling and ever since there is no looking back.
What is more exciting modeling or acting?
I cannot compare or choose whether modeling or acting is more exciting. They are both different things When I was modeling I was not sure whether I wanted to act in films. It just happened. Modeling has definitely given me a platform and has made me more comfortable to face the camera.
How did you begin your relationship with Ranbir?
We met while we were shooting for our respective debut films (Om Shanti Om and Saawariya). But after that we were both got very much involved with our films. So we didnt really get too much time to spend with each other. But we got together for Bachna Ae Haseeno and we were together for a month and thats how it all started.
Ranbir and you are real life couples how did you feel when you saw him romance 2 other girls in the same movie?
Its perfectly fine. At the end of the day acting is our profession. We both are matured enough to understand this. Our personal life is totally different from professional life. I had a blast shooting with him and whenever we had free time on the sets or after the shooting got over we used to spend it together.
Would you like to be a part of a sports film?
Yes, I would definitely like to do in a film of sports. Chak de India and Lagaan were super hits so people really enjoy this genre of movie.
How different was it working with Siddharth from Farah?
Working with Farah and Siddharth was quite a wonderful experience. Farahs movies are quite commercial and they always have larger than life characters. On the other hand Siddharths movies are simple and romantic. Both are very new to the world of film direction and both gave me complete independence.
Yash Raj films is going through a rough patch so do you have any reservations about your film?
Its really wrong to blame anyone. Everyone goes through a bad phase. Some films work and some films dont work but we all have worked really hard on Bachna Ae Haseeno and hope it does well for us and Yash Raj.
Have you seen Saawariya?
Yes I have seen it three times and I feel both Ranbir and Sonam were brilliant. Both of them are extremely talented and I am sure they have a very bright future.
You are very close to your father Mr. Prakash Padukone. How much of him takes over your decision to choose or not to choose the film you do?
Most of my decisions are after the consent of my parents. I discuss all my work with them may it be acting, endorsements or modeling. My dad handles my finances. Today I wouldnt have been here had my parents not supported me the way they have.
Four films and two double (Om Shanti Om and Chandni Chowk To China) roles already what is the feeling like?
I think I am really fortunate because it just gives me so much confidence and also I feel m directors believe that I have so many variations to offer. With every film I am doing I am learning a lot. Acting is not like education where you finish 3 years and you get a degree it is an art which can become better only by experience.
Bachna Ae Haseeno is ready for release. After that I have Chandni Chowk To China where I am playing a double role and then I have Imtiaz Alis next with Saif Ali Khan for which I am shooting currently.