After six years in the industry, Deepika Padukone is riding high on the success of back-to-back hits. She’s currently ruling the box office, but the actor claims that she’s not doing anything different in her career and refutes reports that claim she’s dating her Ram-Leela co-star Ranveer Singh.
Film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to be a taskmaster. How tough was he during Ram-Leela?
The toughest thing for me was his way of directing — the fact that he’s very unpredictable as a director and expects nothing less than magic from his actors. Every day was like a new day; he would change scenes, lines, so as an actor he really keeps you on your toes.
Most Bhansali heroines have powerful, memorable roles that become the role of their career. Do you think Ram-Leela will do that for you?
The only thing that excited me when I took on the film was the fact that I was going to work with Sanjay, who is known for the performances that he has drawn from his actors. That’s the way I go about choosing my films. I never think about the end result.
People feel you are looking your sexiest in the film.
(Laughs) I can’t analyse myself like that. If people feel so, then I thank them. The reactions for the trailer were mostly about our (Ranveer Singh and her) on-screen chemistry. But if people are complimenting me for the way I look or have performed in the film, it also comes from what he has given me as a co-star.
With success, big films and praise, you seem to have a lot going for you. Do you agree?
People might believe that I have a perfect life, but I’ve made my own sacrifices. I have had my own share of struggles. My biggest sacrifice is that I don’t live with my family. Living alone there are days when I come home and miss them terribly.