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Deepika's interview with 'The Hindu': "My heart belongs to cinema

Post by -*Fenil*- on 2014-10-05, 19:35

My heart belongs to cinema
She came, she saw, she conquered. It's clearly
going to be a very Happy New Year for Deepika
If looks could kill, the audience would be dead.
Dressed in black, with red lipstick and red nail polish,
Deepika Padukone looks striking. She is in Chennai
with the film crew to promote her upcoming Farah
Khan film Happy New Year, and exudes all the charm
of her on-screen character Mohini.
The fact that she remembers that I have interviewed
her before is self-assuring, as I sit down all geared up
to shoot a few questions before I run out of my
allotted minutes. Om Shanti Om to Happy New Year
and back to Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, it must
feel like a homecoming after seven years. "Well,
though I have done a film with Shah Rukh in between
this, working on Happy New Year brings back
memories of Om Shanti Om, my first movie, simply
because of the way they were protective about me. Not
coming from a film background, I have learnt
everything here. And it's only when I sit down for
interviews like this do I realise that it's been seven
years. I have so much to learn and to do still!"
The cameraman walks in and begins clicking
feverishly. A little peeved, she asks him to click after
the interview is done.
We talk of Brand Deepika. "Everything I do " be it
films, ads or endorsements " is all because of my films.
The films have made me, and the brands know that I
bring some value to them. However, the characters in
the movie leave a lasting image on the minds of people
and this is what brands work on. And if I can make
that lasting impression or make a difference, why
Shantipriya, Gayatri, Meera, Shonali, Aaliyah,
Veronica, Naina, Angie " the list of characters Deepika
has played. Which is closest to her heart? "Naina
Talwar," she says, instantly. "Very rarely do you come
across a character that you identify with. I identified
with her back story and her journey and that's why
she remains closest to my heart."
In Happy New Year, Deepika is bar dancer Mohini.
How did she prepare for it? "Fortunately," she says, "I
had seen a few movies on bar dancers, but you don't
want to typecast it; you want to do it differently. I am
lucky that a large part of my character is in the writing
itself. For the body language, Farah and I sat together.
You also need to be true to the moment. And as far as
challenging goes, it was only the initial part that was
difficult. Once I bit into it, I was able to enjoy it."
In Finding Fanny , critics and audiences found
Deepika's acting beautifully natural. Would she rather
do more such roles or does she prefer masala movies?
"I don't like to classify voices as masala or other
types. For me, the effort I put into a film whether it's
Finding Fanny or the masala movies is the same. I
enjoy both, depending on the character and what I like
at that point."
How could I end without touching upon the huge
cleavage controversy? But Deepika doesn't bite: "The
more I talk about this, the more meanings will be
drawn. I have made my point and I think it's best to
leave it like that."
But if there's one thing she will want on screen or off
screen, what would it be? "Respect," she says, "It's
what all women want."

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