Saturday, June 11, 2011


Deepika Padukone Says I don’t require a man to purchase me a houseDeepika Padukone doesn’t deny her friendship with ex Ranbir Kapoor nor her fondness for alleged beau Siddhartha Mallya. Filmfare gets down to the heart of the matter. Excerpts What does Karan Johar mix in his coffee that you guys go berserk on his show? The joint interview with Sonam was fiery. I don’t think people plan their interviews. I definitely don’t. It’s just about being spontaneous and going with the flow. No way have I regretted that. We had a great time on Karan’s show.  Okay, which co-star is great fun to work with? In terms of fun, it’s Abhishek Bachchan. But I’ve got along the best with Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan.

So what is your equation with Ranbir Kapoor today? What I’ve always maintained is that Ranbir and I are very good friends. Even today that would be the most important relationship for me.  Can two actresses ever be friends? No, because at some level competition does prevail. But it doesn’t mean you can’t be cordial to each other.

Do men gossip?
Yes men gossip as much or even more. They just don’t show it. Working with first time filmmakers or established directors, what’s your priority today?
A mix of both. I’ve done quite a few films with new directors. Danish Aslam (Break Ke Baad), Vijay Lalwani (Karthik Calling Karthik) and I’ve also done films with Ashu (Ashutosh Gowariker, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Even Farah Khan (Om Shanti Om) is established.

You have been taking a lot of interest in cricket. Have you shifted your interest from badminton to cricket?
I don’t think it’s a shift. Badminton games are not covered widely. So people don’t know when I attend them. Whereas cricket is a religion! It’s covered widely. There is a lot of glamour attached to it especially with the IPL. So I get noticed.

What is a bigger religion in India - films or cricket?
I’m an actor so I’d say films. Cinema is as entertaining as cricket.

What would you like to tell me about Siddhartha Mallya?
Well, I think he is at a stage in his life right now where he’s being spoken about rather than him speaking to people.

What else do you like about him?
His good looks, his caring nature and the fact that he has lost so much weight.

Rumour has it that he has bought you a house.
Honestly, I’ve been independent from the start of my career. I moved out of home at the age of 20. I started modelling when I was 18. I started my first film when I was 21. Today when I’ve worked a little harder I’ve bought myself a bigger home in Prabhadevi. It’s my dream home. I definitely don’t a needa man to get me any of this. Sid himself lives with his father (Dr Vijay Mallya) and hasn’t bought himself a house. Why would he buy me one?

You’ve never admitted to your relationship with Siddharth. But recently when his team Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders, you hugged and kissed him in public. Is that an acknowledgement of your special bond?
Well, we both are huge cricket fans. He is the owner of the team and I’m from Bangalore. When the team plays well, we’ll definitely celebrate and not look in the opposite direction.

How does Aarakshan take you several steps ahead?
Why only Aarakshan? Every film should be able to do that. It’s a misconception that in doing a glamorous role, talent is not required. And while it’s important to look great, what makes a film memorable are the performances. I know Saif Ali Khan and Prakashji (Jha) are happy with my performance. In fact, Prakashji said that he’d never felt the need to call any actress and tell her how impressed he was with her work. He did that with me, so he must be happy.

How does it feel when Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra are counted amongst the top actresses and you aren’t mentioned in the same league?
They’ve been here for much longer. Kareena has definitely been around for 10 years, Katrina has been around for six to eight years and Priyanka’s given the profession eight to 10 years. I definitely don’t consider myself in the same league as them. I’m not going anywhere. I don’t plan to hang my boots or get married soon.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
At the peak of my career.

Do you see yourself among the top?
Yeah hopefully!

How do you reconcile to the fact that in Rana you are acting with Rajnikanth who’s twice your age?
I’m very lucky. I didn’t think it would ever happen. I thought working with Amitji would be possible because we belong to the same industry but not Rajniknath. I’m playing a warrior princess opposite Rajni sir. I see no problem.

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