Deepika Padukone's success story is pretty much reminiscent of the kind that Madhuri Dixit had enjoyed in her career. After making a slow start, Madhuri had turned 'Mohini' and never looked back. Though Deepika had a head start as 'Shanti' with Om Shanti Om, there were some obstacles ahead. However from being 'Veronica' [Cocktail] to 'Leela' [
], it has been one enviable journey for sure.
It's a huge compliment for me. Having said that, I am not in a position to be drawing that comparison myself. If audiences, critics and industry are saying then I would acknowledge that. Of course Madhuri has been someone who has been a great influence in my life during the growing up years. People like her and Sridevi are greats of Indian cinema, just like Waheeda Rahman and Madhubala are.
I am glad that today filmmakers are coming to me with strong female roles. They have a faith in me that I can pull off complex roles. Homi Adajania (Cocktail), Ayan Mukerji (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Rohit Shetty (Chennai Express), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Ram-Leela) - they all have written something special for me. I am enjoying the fact that from being Veronica to Naina to Meena to Leela, I am getting to play some diametrically opposite parts.
It's an overwhelming feeling. Still, these are not the things that an actor can control when it comes to which calendar year a film releases in. I am fortunate that these films have come back to back for me. However, I can only handle the creative part of film. Once I sign a film, I want to be true to myself in every moment that I spend making it. I enjoy that part the most. Then I move on.
Well, I won't mind at all (smiles). However, I am still waiting. Let that 100 crore thing happen. Post that if it goes beyond or even 200 crore then that's more than welcome. I respect the 100 crore club. However, I want the critical acclaim as well as audience's compliments to come in for the film too. Otherwise such 100 crore affairs are of no meaning to me.