We should re-launch Deepika, jokes Salman Khan

They’re both considered Bollywood’s box office favourites in their own ways, but Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone are yet to share screen space. Some time ago, rumours had it that the two have been signed for Sooraj Barjatya’s next film. However, Deepika denied the news. But she maintained — like she has several times in the past — that she is interested in working with Salman.

In a previous interview, she had even said, “I want to work in a romantic film with him; a nice love story. I have always shown my fondness for him. He comes across as a very romantic person and that will reflect on screen.”

When we informed the Dabangg (2010) actor of Deepika’s keenness, he jokingly said, “Really? Then I think we should re-launch her.”

Deepika made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om (2007), but it was Salman who first spotted her and even offered her a film. But she turned down the offer back then. “I was too young and unclear about which profession to choose at that time. A lot of people thought I was foolish to let it go, but I guess it was destined. But I am glad that I didn’t do the film, because I know I wouldn’t have done justice to it and to our pairing then,” Deepika had said.



Deepika Paudkone now an all-rounder: Farah Khan

Isn’t it interesting that when Farah Khan wanted a newcomer for her 2007 film “Om Shanti Om”, she zeroed in on then debutante Deepika Padukone? And when she wanted a “star” for her new film “Happy New Year”, it was the same name that struck her.

Farah says Deepika leaves her impressed with her all-rounder quality. “I’m so happy that Deepika is in ‘Happy New Year’,” Farah told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

Busy directing “Happy New Year”, she can only look back with a smile at how Deepika has emerged in a league of her own.

Rightly so! The actress delivered four back-to-back hits at the Bollywood box office in 2013 – “Race 2”, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Chennai Express” and “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” – and emerged as a hero among heroes, quite literally.

Each role and film was different from the other and yet each of these sailed smoothly to the Rs.100 crore club. Deepika’s dancing, acting, poise, confidence and most importantly, her versatility, was hailed.

She recently clinched both the best actress awards – popular choice and jury – at the Life OK Screen Awards, where she also staged a startling dance performance.

For Farah, Deepika is an all-rounder.

“Maybe she was very good-looking, she had a fabulous body and she could dance, but in ‘Om Shanti Om’, we presented her really well.

“After that I felt her potential wasn’t being exploited – either she was not acting too well or the directors were not using her well. But I think in the last two years, she has really come into her own and it’s not shocking that sometimes she does a scene and I’m like ‘great’,” said Farah.

The choreographer-filmmaker remembers how during the “Om Shanti Om” shooting, she had to tell Deepika “everything” about playing the double role of superstar Shanti and a commoner Sandhya.

” ‘Look left, look right, now turnaround, now smile’, I used to tell her everything. But now she comes all prepared and does something wonderful in front of the camera,” the 49-year-old filmmaker said.

The process of choosing an actress for “Happy New Year” was long and tedious, but Farah is glad Deepika is playing the “pivotal” part.

“For ‘Om Shanti Om’, I was confident I wanted a newcomer. And for this one (‘Happy New Year’), I felt I needed a top actress to hold a whole drama between five guys together. Deepika was perfect,” she added.

The casting for the role that Deepika plays in the movie went on for almost a year, recalls Farah. And then the filmmaker also had the curious media playing the guessing game for a long time.

“It had become a national obsession,” Farah quipped.

“Happy New Year”, a musical heist, features a cast of six actors – Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Deepika.

“She’s got such a pivotal role. She’s the only girl and she’s literally their coach and teacher. Deepika has become such a good actress that even I was shocked sometimes with her acting,” said Farah.

The movie is currently being shot, and it will be ready for release around Diwali this year.


“I don’t think myself as number one actress” : Deepika

I don’t think myself as number one actress: Deepika Padukone

PTI | 17th Jan 2014

Mumbai, Jan 16: Actress Deepika Padukone does not think that she is the number one heroine and says box- office collections do not matter much to her.

Last year, Deepika delivered four back-to-back hit films – Abbas Mustan’s ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ with Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Chennai Express’ and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’.

When asked if she thinks she is the heroine number one, Deepika says, “I don’t think of myself that way, it feels good when others say it. I think that is the best kind of validation that you can get when people tell you that. I hope it is about the work and not necessarily the numbers (money) that the films are making.

“Box office collection doesn’t value much to me, I feel the films should have repeat value. For me, the sign of a successful film is that it should have repeat value even after 10 or 20 years. Like, how we refer to ‘Sholay’, ‘Kabhie Kabhie’, ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ today…they are iconic films. I hope the films that I have been part of end up becoming like that,” she said.

Deepika has been nominated in the best actress category at almost all the award shows this year.

“There have been really nice performances. I am little disappointed that all my films got released last year… I wish they were spaced out and gave audience a breathing time. But the year was special to me, not just box office wise but also for the appreciation that I got for the films,” she said.

When asked who she thinks as her competitor this year, she said, “Nimrat Kaur was good in ‘The Lunch box’, Sonakshi Sinha in ‘Lootera’ and Sonam Kapoor in ‘Ranjhaana’.”

Though she tasted success last year, she is not worried about the future. “I think we should not worry. I work from heart and give my best. I work very hard for all my films and the fate of the films are beyond your control,” she said.

Her onscreen chemistry with Shah Rukh has been appreciated by everyone. “We have been lucky in terms of scripts that we got. It took six years for us to come together for ‘Chennai Express’ after ‘Om Shanti Om’. It is the script and the character that enhances our onscreen chemistry. I hope ‘Happy New Year’ is as special as ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Chennai Express’,” she said.


Deepika sparkles at Screen Awards

Stars at Screen awards

Surprising everyone, this dusky diva took home two Best actress trophies (Jury and Popular) for her power packed performances in ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleel Ram Leela’ and ‘Chennai Express’.

When Deepika’s name was announced as the winner for Best actress awards, all those present at the awards ceremony seemed surprised.

An emotional yet surprised Deepika accepted the award with grace and said that she didn’t expect to bag the honours in both the categories.  “I didn’t expect this award,” she said.

Best Actress (Popular)

Deepika Padukone for Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Chennai Express

Best Actress (Jury Award)

Deepika Padukone for Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Chennai Express

Life Ok Screen Hero Award
Deepika Padukone


Deepika Dominates The Bollywood Awards Season

Deepika Padukone Dominates The Bollywood Awards Season

By IndiaTimes | January 15, 2014, 11:42 am IST

Having delivered four back-to-back mega hits in 2013, Deepika Padukone is clearly the front-runner for all the Best Actress trophies this awards season.

At the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards, Deepika has been nominated in the Best Actor-Female category for her performances in Chennai Express and Ram Leela.

In other award functions too, Deepika leads the Best Actress race, and has been nominationed for atleast two of her three blockbusters (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Ram Leela).

From being written off as ‘just another pretty face’ to becoming the reigning queen of BTown, Deepika has surely come a long way in the last six years.

Deepika Padukone made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with SRK’s Om Shanti Om. This year she will reunite with her Om Shanti Om team for the Diwali release Happy New Year.


Deepika is DU’s favorite,voted for as the best actor award(female).

Farhan, Deepika are DU’s favourites
Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 13, 2014

Farhan Akhtar essays the role of athlete Milkha Singh in the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The film is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Actor Farhan Akhtar is a happy man. His portrayal of sprinter Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB) has earned him an award from the Capital’s youth. Farhan got the maximum number of votes in the best actor category of Delhi Youth Choice Awards — where students of Delhi University voted online through Facebook.

“It feels wonderful to see that the film and my ­performance has resonated so strongly with the youth of India. Very honoured to receive this recognition,” said Farhan. DU students also voted for Deepika Padukone as the best actor award (female) for her role in Goliyon ki Raasleela — Ram Leela.  

The awards, held for the first time this year, have been conceptualised by University Express (an online forum for youth that provides latest news from the campus).

“We believe that the youth’s opinion is of prime importance. The idea was to recognise the best in ­various fields and through social media, it (the voting) was ­transparent,” said Sankalp Mathur of University Express. Chennai Express, which was a nominee in the best film category, lost out to BMB