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I recall the day when Deepika Padukone walked the red carpet for the first time. It was ice cold outside the Empire Leicester Square. Om Shanti Om had its world premiere in London. Padukone was ready to paint the town red, and she did when she arrived in her beautiful red dress. Uff…that ada of hers I tell you! Anyway…to the current day. She is growing taller with every film of hers. Commercially speaking, you can’t even get through her now-a-days. She is keeping so busy that not even the paparazzi can trace her. I mean, we got to give it to the lady…she is fast. Wearing that nine-acre smile all day long and still to not look fake is quite something. So we decided to call her the original babe of Bollywood as she embodies all the elements of originality. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent had a quick word or two with the tinsel town’s tallest beauty Deepika Padukone on her first thriller, new energies, the Kajra Re step, Farhan Akhtar and why after all the success, she still feels unsatisfied.
How spooky can a thriller like Karthik Calling Karthik get?
Well, the film is a thriller and it can get very spooky, all the more so, because I’ve never been a part of any thriller so far.
What sort of energy and newness do new comers like you and Farhan bring to the screen?
We both have complimented each other and have learnt from each other so much during the making of Karthik Calling Karthik. We both draw something from each others performances. And that was the same with all my co-stars, whether it was Shah Rukh or Ranbir.
No call from Deepika Padukone will be answered
Was your Kajra Re step and the many others you’ve done impromptu?
Absolutely yes. The steps that I do in the song ‘Uff Teri Ada‘ were completely impromptu. My director Vijay Lalwani said that it does look like a fun song and doesn’t look choreographed. He thought that we were having a ball of a time.
Every young actress entering Bollywood wants to become the next Deepika Padukone. You’re being touted as the next big thing in the industry.
(Laughs) Yes, it took me just two years to come this far but there was a struggle of almost ten years into it I guess. I’m extremely happy but I am also not completely satisfied with my achievements. I still think I have a lot left to achieve and prove. My hard work has paid off to some extent and I have reached the level that I wanted to and hopefully will continue doing the same kind of work to reach higher levels.
Have you ever received any call from yourself?
Nope! I am quite scared of these things and I hope it doesn’t. So sorry. No call from Deepika Padukone will be answered (laughs).
Producers and directors have targeted you as a completely commercial entity because you give hit films.
You know, I don’t know about me being a commercial entity. I’m not really planning the kind of films that I want to do. For me, as long as it excites me, I do it. Then when I do it, it becomes a hit at the box office followed by critical acclaim. As long as that is working for me and I am enjoying the kind of roles I’m being offered, I’m not complaining.
What does the media not know about Farhan Akhtar?
That he has a great sense of humour. But I’m sure everyone knows that. So I don’t know how well or not well the media knows him. He is meticulous and very proper. Everything has to be in order for Farhan or else he gets upset.