It’s an open secret that actor Katrina Kaif is going all out to get her sister Isabel a big launch in Bollywood. But that isn’t the case with Deepika Padukone. For some time now, speculations have been rife that the actor’s younger sister Anisha is keen on films. It has also been suggested that Deepika forwarded Anisha’s portfolios to filmmakers Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and even actor Shah Rukh Khan in the recent past.
But Deepika denies it all. “I don’t know about any offers. Anisha hasn’t told me anything, so I am presuming there are none,” says Deepika, adding, “She is not interested in films. Her complete focus is on golf and she is a born athlete. Even if offers do come, I don’t think she will take them up. But if she is interested, I will support her.”
Even as the actor is readying to move into her new apartment in Worli, she doesn’t want her sister to shift base to Mumbai. “The reason is the golfing infrastructure here. I think Bangalore is better at that. One of the biggest golf courses in the country is also close to our home. Anisha will waste a lot of time traveling in Mumbai as Chembur (where Bombay Presidency Golf Club is located) is far,” she says.
Meanwhile, Deepika too maintains her involvement with sports. “I’m the board member of the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ). We are training athletes for the Olympics next year. In India, there is a lot of potential in all fields of sport, not just cricket. But due to lack of resources, talent is going to waste. I hope athletes seize this opportunity and make the most of it,” she says.
Deepika has played professional badminton at state level in the past and has always wanted to support athletes. “But at the same time, Geet Sethi (snooker world champion) and my father (badminton legend Prakash Padukone) were also working on setting up the OGQ. So I thought it makes sense to join hands with them because it’s a full-fledged organisation,” she says, adding with a smile that she feels like she is finally taking her father’s responsibilities further.