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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 29, 2013)
India has voted and chosen the Times 50 Most Desirable Women of 2012 presented by Peri Peri Skinwear. The 7.01 lakh votes received online on www.itimes.comcom/polls along with our vote decided the winners. Bombay Times talks to Deepika Padukone who tops the list.
What according to you makes you the most desirable woman of 2012? I do hope that my desirability comes from my work and the person I am and it’s not just limited to the physical attributes. I am told I come across as a person who is warm and real. At the same time, they aspire to be like me as I am a young achiever without any film industry background.
Who would be the most desirable man for you? Not as a daughter, but I find my dad really desirable and admire him for the person he is. In the way that he handles his success or the human being he is or his being an achiever but yet being simple and humble. Men of that generation are rare to find today. That’s what I will want in my man when I decide to settle down.
Amongst my co-stars, at the moment my most desirable man will be Shah Rukh Khan. In my first film Om Shanti Om, I was new and extremely quiet and was just absorbing the experience. Working on Chennai Express has brought me closer to him and I can call him a friend. On a daily basis, I see a lot of goodness in him. He is extremely generous and is the warmest person I have met. And I can say this with a lot of confidence.
Ranveer Singh, in a recent interview to More >
The hot actress, ready to raise temperatures in Kashmir, says seduction is not her style…
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; January 22, 2013)
Even as Deepika Padukone gears up for the release of Race 2, the actress is also looking forward to her next shooting schedule of Ayan Mukherjee’s film. And Deepika is excited that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will be shot in Kashmir. Deepika says, “I have never shot in Kashmir before. I have heard so much about the place and seen its beauty only through Bollywood films. I am really looking forward to filming in the Valley. It is my first visit. It’s great that our filmmakers are rediscovering Kashmir.”
The Bolly hottie admits that shooting back-to-back for Race 2, Ram Leela, Chennai Express and Ayan’s film, that also stars Ranbir Kapoor, does get hectic at times. “But all my roles are so different from each other that it’s really interesting to be busy with work,” adds Deepika, who has her hands full this year. The actress, however, reveals that it is hard to pick and choose any one film that’s closer to her heart. “More than the box-office records or business figures of the film, it is the experience of shooting that I cherish,” she says.
Point out that her upcoming release sees her play a sexy seductress and Deepika quips that it was not easy to play a character like that. “I am nothing like the character. So it was exciting and challenging at the same time.” But doesn’t she relate easily to being sexy? “I don’t believe in being More >
Deepika Padukone defends her competitive streak. Says it keeps her on the toes
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 8, 2012)
Two days after we told you how fiercely competitive Deepika Padukone is when it comes to scooping out the meatiest roles and endorsement deals, the actress told Mirror that she had indeed been rather hard on herself. At an event held at a SoBo fivestar, wherein she replaced Priyanka Chopra as the face of a skincare brand she justified her competitive spirit saying, “If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have come so far.”
Though in 2012, Deepika had reportedly replaced several other ‘first choices’ of filmmakers from projects, she told us, “I have never bothered about the competition. I compete with myself. My benchmark is ‘me’.”
After four years of ‘hard work’, the actress said she now feels confident and content. “I came from a non-filmi background. I had to stay alone in an unknown city. Each day I learnt a little and figured how to make it on my own. Somehow, everything turned out the way I wanted,” she said.
Deepika said she never thought she would make it this big so soon. “I didn’t know how things are done here. But guess I did it right. And perhaps was at the right place at the right time. I too have a wish list like others. Every time I strike one thing off the list, I add one more. Guess that’s what keeps me on my toes,” she concluded.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 13, 2012)
All heads swivel when Deepika Padukone walks in to the lobby of this mid-town five-star for such is her striking presence. It’s a rare day off for the 26-year-old actress and she is in a relaxed mood as she shares a cup of coffee and speaks about things as diverse as the striking similarity between Rahul Dravid and her father, the role of Himesh Reshammiya in her career and why Ranbir Kapoor will always hold a special place in her life. Excerpts of the interview.
What are your childhood memories? I was born in Copenhagen and when I was a year old, we moved to Bangalore. I was always a shy person and was happy with just a few friends and that came from my own social awkwardness. I did not know how to make conversations. I also played a lot of sport and at a very young age, I played competitive badminton. I would wake up at five in the morning, go for physical training, go to school, again go for playing badminton, finish my homework and go to sleep. The only time I had was on the weekends when I spent time with my family. My parents never raised their hand or fired me. Their way of disciplining me was to tell me what is right or wrong.
What were you awkward about? A lot of it came from me being my father’s daughter. Like my father (right), I was also very shy and reserved. Also I am Konkani and we are a quiet community.
Your father has clearly been a big influence on you. What is he like? He is unique. I think men like him More >
How to exude Zen-like calm even around pesky visitors is the best lesson actor Deepika Padukone taught Mirror reader Insiyah Contractor
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 12, 2012)
Landing smack in the middle of a marathon TV interview session was something Insiyah Contractor had not signed up for when she dashed out of her South Mumbai home to meet her favourite star at Bandra’s Mehboob Studio. Once she had braved the rains to get there, for the next two hours, the 20-year-old mass media graduate sat at shouting distance from her idol, driven to despair by the wait. “How does she manage to answer all those stupid, unnecessary questions with such calm? I’m getting impatient just watching her,” Contractor said.
Ten metres away, Deepika Padukone was far from flustered — or she’s a good actor. Even a dozen television interviews later, the actress was upbeat, her smile just as sparkling as she sat in a sheer white tank top and tie-n-dye jeans. During breaks, she got her make-up touched up, checked if her messy fishtail plait was still messy, sent a few text messages and sipped on water from a straw stuck to a mini Bisleri bottle. “A straw so that she doesn’t smudge her lipstick, right?” Contractor smiled.
As the crowd thinned out, Padukone greeted her fan warmly, apologizing for the wait. Buzzing with nervous excitement, Contractor shot off the mandatory ‘I’m-your-die-hard-fan’ line before flipping out a notebook where she had jotted down questions. “If you threw a crazy More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 21, 2012)Deepika Padukone
Actress Deepika Padukone maybe struggling to make time from her busy shoot schedules to attend the Olympics in London, as she admits, “I would really love to go for the Olympics and cheer our players there.”
However, with the hectic pace of her work that may be a tad difficult for the actor. Shooting back-to-back first for Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with actor and ex Ranbir Kapoor, and then for Race 2, the actor reveals that at present, work’s taken all her space. And all personal matters — including that of the heart — have taken a backseat, but the actor says that she has no complaints about that. “I am really happy not having any time for personal space,” Deepika lets in.
As for her professional space, the actor’s on quite a high with the kind of response her sexy act and performance has been garnering in her recent release Cocktail. “I am overwhelmed with the reactions,” says Deepika, who’s had many of her peers in the industry put aside their competitive streaks to congratulate her for it. “But I think the biggest compliment for me was people believing that the role was actually an extension to the real me, when the truth is that I am hardly the person I portrayed on screen. I am no wild child and the only ‘wild’ streak I probably ever display is when it comes to taking risks by opting for such roles in the first place,” elaborates the actor.
But performance apart, what also grabbed More >
Sneha Mahadevan (DNA; July 12, 2012)Deepika Padukone
Actress Deepika Padukone may be getting compliments galore from her friends and fans alike, but it is the criticism that comes her way, she says, that helps her stay grounded. “It is very easy to get carried away when people compliment you, but there are very few people who will actually tell you the truth. I am very critical of my work. In fact, people around me always tell me to stop looking at the flaws and see the better instead, but I always tend to delete the good stuff from my head. I am constantly looking at the flaws and ways to better myself,” says the pretty actor. So besides her, are her parents critical of her work? “After me, I guess my little sister, Aneesha is my toughest critic and then my parents. So far, she has liked me in most of my films. Though she doesn’t completely agree with some of my choices of films, she is supportive,” says the dimpled beauty.
Deepika, who is just back from Turkey after wrapping up a schedule of Race 2, is now looking forward to the release of her next film, Cocktail. Mention that there has been a lot of buzz about the film and she nods in agreement, “There is a very nice kind of buzz on the film, but I don’t know what it is. Sitting in Turkey, I could feel it. It has great energy and this is always the intention with any film. This film for me is very special because I have given it everything that I could. For me, the kind of feedback that we are getting makes me More >
Sneha Mahadevan (DNA; July 5, 2012)Deepika Padukone
Much is being said about actor Deepika Padukone radiating a confidence that has never been seen before in her. “Yes, everybody has been saying how suddenly my body language has changed and how confident I am looking. But that’s what I am feeling. I am not acting and it has not happened overnight. I guess I have just learnt from my little journey in films now. Maybe today I am a little more confident than I was when I started off,” she states.
Since the beginnging of the year, actor Deepika Padukone has been on the go. The actor, who has been working without a break, has just returned from Turkey where she was shooting for the film Race 2. She’s here to promote her upcoming release, Cocktail with actor Saif Ali Khan.
Talking about her role in the film, Dippy says that the character Veronica helped her to discover a side to her personality she wasn’t aware of. “Veronica is a side to my personality that perhaps I wasn’t even aware of. This film proved to be an outlet to bring that hidden side out in the open,” she says. And it seemed to be working for her as everyone seems to be talking about the actor’s hot new avatar in the film.
The actor who was once an aspiring badminton player, gave it all up to try her luck in films. Did she ever dream that life would turn out to be the way it has at the age of 26? “Yes, the work that I am doing today is not luck. Nor is it by fluke. I have worked really hard towards it. I More >
Deepika Padukone gets candid about her newfound understanding of her ex, the split with Sidhartha and discovering herself in the character she plays in her next film
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 4, 2012)
It still hasn’t happened to me – falling in love with my ex,” says Deepika Padukone shrugging off rumours about a cosy chemistry between her and Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of Ayan Mukerji’s next. Dressed in a green sleeveless top and white trousers (her favourite, she claims), the leggy beauty recalls the torrid affair between her and the young RK. Getting out of her reverie, she straightens up and adds, “Well, I have had ups and downs in my personal life. But I am a strong person, you know. I am.”
Deepika claims that now she shares a comfortable equation with her ex – something that was missing before. “Today, Ranbir and I understand each other better. We have found a friendship that we didn’t have when we dated,” reveals the actress. In fact, Ranbir was one of the people she turned to after her split with Sidhartha Mallya.
Miffed with reports about her plans to sell her new flat in Prabhadevi after her break up with Sidhartha since it was he who bought it for her, Deepika says, “I haven’t been gifted the flat. I am not selling it either. I have always been financially independent. I haven’t depended on my parents for money since I started working. And hey, Sidhartha and I are still friends.”
Over hot cups of tea, the conversation meanders to her career. We More >
Deepika Padukone on being a heady cocktail of attitude, oomph, verve and vulnerability
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2012)
For the longest time now, Deepika Padukone has been living out of a suitcase, shooting movies at breakneck speed. Jet-hopping between Manali, Rajasthan, London, Kochi and Turkey, the actress is currently riding a wave because she’s got age, beauty, Rajinikanth, Ranbir and a couple of Khans on her side. She’s in the headlines now for her curvaceous figure and audacious act in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail.
Deepika speaks to us from Turkey, where she is shooting for her next film.
Do you have any shades of Veronica, the rebel girl you’re playing in the film, in real life? Veronica is a super confident girl who flaunts her attitude. She is affable, passionate and sometimes, is a fiery person who lives life the way she wants to and not the way society expects her to.
She’s had a troubled childhood, so it’s her escape in a sense. Veronica has difficulty in expressing her deepest feelings. She will never show herself as vulnerable or weak. Am I anything like Veronica in real life? Partly yes and partly no. I’ve had a very simple, protected middle class upbringing. In my family, relationships and marriages have been rock-solid and so I grew up in a very happy, stable environment unlike Veronica. I was, and sometimes still am, very shy and an introvert. Some people misunderstand my shy nature and think I’m snooty. But I must confess that around my close More >