t is different when you reach the deep end of Deepika. She is natural, free-flowing, yet striking her diva-esque flair at all times. With soul unveiled and emotions exhaled. No hint or trace of competitiveness, calculation or compare. Just a young woman – vulnerable, venerated and well … loved and desired too.
Even eloquent and ‘zen-like’ when posed with questions that push borders. She feels no rivalry in real-life, but for her upcoming epic film Bajirao Mastani, she bloodies her soul and goes to war for love. This is Deepika Padukone. To the world- a star, a diva. At core, a woman – an actress peddling her wares and her immense talent. We bring to you the best excerpts of her recent interview.
Ranveer prepped for Bajirao Mastani without an iota of distraction, while you were juggling between other films. Are you a turn-on, turn-off kind of actress?
For me, the process is more internal than external. I didn’t put myself through the process of shutting off, maybe it would have been ideal, but I was tempted by other films I was doing simultaneously. I guess women are better at multitasking. Also with Bhansali, you can rehearse as much, but it is pointless. God forbid, if you end up doing what you rehearsed the previous day, he will sit behind the camera eating chana and look bored. He will wait for you to blow his mind away. It doesn’t matter how we do it, we have to figure it out and show it to him.
It was interesting to see Ranbir and Ranveer promote each other’s films, however subtly. The industry isn’t as aggressively competitive, as we believe it is?
I have always said this – actors are not as competitive as it appears, it is just the way it is projected and interpreted. Even all the negativity that reportedly exists between actors is often exaggerated.
Are you a romantic at heart?
Absolutely! I am extremely romantic. I like the typical candle-light dinners, flowers and all that attention, but that’s a small part of it. If all that comes because of the man’s personality, it is good. But if it is not genuine and he is doing it to just impress me, I will know it right away. In love, once you cut all the bulls**t, the real thing starts and that is the difficult part.
Would you ever let your career take a back seat for love and marriage?
For me, giving up my career is not an option for family life. I want both and I will have both. I have always wondered why women have to choose between family and career. Men are never asked to give up one for the other.
Ranveer says he feels a divine connection with you. What do you feel?
He is my best friend (and this is not to be taken lightly). I am emotional, sensitive and vulnerable and I hurt easily. I can be so naked in front of Ranveer… and I know he will never hurt me or take me for granted. That is the kind of trust and understanding we have. The reason I love and respect him is that I can bare my soul and still feel comfortable. If this is divine connection – this is what it is!