[INTERVIEW] I feel awkward at social gatherings: Deepika Padukone

It was refreshing to see this poised lady in a carefree mood; cracking jokes with the media personnel. In a candid interview with india-forums.com, Deepika Padukone shares it all.

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After churning out hits after hits last year, Bollywood’s current ‘Queen Bee’ Deepika Padukone is all set for her first release of 2014 with Homi Adajania’s quirky comedy ‘Finding Fanny’. It was refreshing to see this poised lady in a carefree mood; cracking jokes with the media personnel. In a candid interview with india-forums.com, Deepika Padukone shares it all.

Tell us about your role ‘Angie’?

I play ‘Angie’ who is young widow who helps Nasir Sir’s character find his love ‘Fanny’. She is born and brought up in Goa and loves to stay in her own world. She has accepted certain facts about her life and believes in going with the flow.

This is your second venture with Homi Adajania after ‘Cocktail‘, tell us about him.

He is my number 1 favorite director. With ‘Cocktail‘ he discovered something as an actress in me which nobody did before him. I like to believe that, we are on the same page as far as stories are concerned we understand and trust each other immensely.

How was the experience working with veterans like – Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia?

They are an institution in themselves. So to get a chance to share a frame with such superb talents was an honor but at the same time Arjun and I never got pressurized by it. On the other hand they made us a part of their team and treated equally. Arjun and I feel blessed to get to know these actors on-screen as well as off-screen because of this film.

Were you skeptical about working in a multicast movie like this?

For a film like ‘Finding Fanny’ you need 5 people as the script demands it. It is about this group of people going on a journey to look for Fanny. All of us were comfortable with the roles given to us and never felt insecure about anyone else’s role. Homi casts us for the actors we are and not for the stars we are! He treated us all equally.

This is your second film with Dimple Kapadia too, so how was your bond with her?

She is definitely one of my favorite human beings. We bonded during ‘Cocktail‘ itself. She took me shopping for my new house, we had lunch together and we connected beautifully as women. She is an emotionally strong woman and we had formed a mutual admiration club where she admires me and vice versa.

Was it difficult emoting in different language?

Like we say love is a universal language, same way, even cinema is a universal language. If you connect with the character and the audience, language doesn’t matter at all. It was not difficult but certainly we felt odd during first few days but then you get used to hearing yourself acting in a different language.

After your back to back hits at box office, do you feel confident of Finding Fanny’s success too?

Actors are the least confident people. Personally I am socially awkward but I can say it’s improving. I feel awkward at social gatherings. Like any other actor, no matter how many hits you had earlier, I feel jittery before my every film releases.

What was the response you received from your colleagues?

We invited Mr.Bachchan for the screening of this movie and he liked it very much. After the movie was over, he patted Arjun and me on the back and said, ‘these are the kind of films I would like to do and I really have to learn from you all’. Such a big compliment coming from him was the biggest high for us. It was very encouraging for us.

Gayatri Kolwankar

Source: http://www.india-forums.com/bollywood/starry-takes/46289-i-feel-awkward-at-social-gatherings-deepika-padukone.htm

[INTERVIEW] Deepika Padukone: Farah took extra care of me during ‘HNY’ shoot

Sep 12, 2014, 03.44PM IST PTI

Actress Deepika Padukone says director Farah Khan took very good care of her during the shoot of upcoming film ‘Happy New Year’ especially because of the heavy-weight star cast comprising Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.

In Happy New Year, the 28-year-old actress is reuniting with Farah, who directed her debut movie Om Shanti Om in 2007.

Happy New Year will hit theatres this Diwali, and Deepika is the only woman in the cast, which also stars Vivaan Shah, Sonu Sood and Boman Irani.

“During the shooting of ‘Happy New Year’ Farah gave me lots of attention because she knew that I am the only girl against four big actors,” Deepika said.

The actress says she shares a very special bond with Farah and her relationship with the choreographer-turned- director will never change no matter how successful she becomes.

“The first time we worked together was six years back. I was facing the camera for the first time so she was very protective about me. Every time she would ask me – ‘Baby have you eaten? Baby are you ok?’ So I am her first baby,” the actress said.

Another person with whom Deepika shares a good rapport with is veteran actress Dimple Kapadia. The duo have worked together in ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Finding Fanny’- both directed by Homi Adajania.

“The bonding started during the time of ‘Cocktail’. I had just bought my new house and she helped me a lot with the interior stuff,” Deepika said.

“I still remember the day when she took me out and gifted me so many things. We even had lunch together and spoke about our lives. I think she is a great personality and has seen a lot in her life,” she added.

‘Finding Fanny’, which hit theatres today, also stars Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapur.

Source: http://m.timesofindia.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Deepika-Padukone-Farah-took-extra-care-of-me-during-HNY-shoot/articleshow/42354196.cms


[ARTICLE] Deepika Padukone Gets Calls For Youth Summits Across Borders

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Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 15:50 [IST]

Actress Deepika Padukone who is all set with her film Finding Fanny has been receiving requests from various youth summits and youth forums across borders.

Leaders and influential speakers from across fields – politics, sports, entertainment, etc are invited to address crowds.

These spaces witness attendance from a lot of youth, essentially in the age group of 20-35 who are looking for inspiration and direction at large.

Finding Fanny actress Deepika is repeatedly being approached by organizers where they want her to hold stage and talk about her journey, the challenges she has faced and her learning experiences at large.

They are all appreciative of the fact how she has achieved so much at this age, coming from a non- industry background. Deepika personally has been trying to make time to attend these forums.

Deepika’s upcoming movie Finding Fanny which is set to release on September 12th will witness her romancing with Arjun Kapoor.

Source: http://www.filmibeat.com/bollywood/news/2014/deepika-padukone-gets-calls-for-youth-summits-across-borders-159083.html