Whether it’s ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor taking digs at her on National television or Rishi Kapoor being upset about her comments on Ranbir, Deepika Padukone has evidently been at the receiving end of much flak. The actor feels people attack her because she is “the only one who is not from a film family unlike the current lot of actors including Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha.”
She rues, “Of late I have had to protect myself. Unlike film families who stand up for their children when they are in a situation, I have to fight my own battles.”
Not an insider
Padukone says that ever since she debuted three years ago, it’s been a huge learning process. Not just as an actor but also in “learning the ways of the industry.” Padukone denies taking unnecessary risks by being blunt about people. She says she’s no longer going to let people walk all over her.
“Earlier I was always politically correct. That’s not because I didn’t have a mind of my own but because I felt that people are entitled to their opinion. Soon I realised people were taking advantage of my silence, so I chose to speak.”
Padukone admits she has now found friends in the industry who stand by her. She is close to Farah Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Imtiaz Ali and Ashutosh Gowariker, and shares a “comfort zone” with them.
“I know I can pick up the phone and talk to them. However, I am not an insider. I don’t come from a family that has known the film industry for generations.”
On Rishi Kapoor
Reacting to reports of Rishi Kapoor being angry over Padukone’s statement that she’d gift Ranbir condoms, she says, “I have a lot of respect for Rishiji and their entire family. He is definitely entitled to his opinion. I did not go on the show (Koffee With Karan) to run anyone down. For me, as long as my friendship with Ranbir is intact, it’s all that matters. He understands that all that was said on the show was in good humour.”
On playing Kalpana Dutta
As for her next release, Padukone admits that despite being a history student she had not heard about the Chittagong uprising until she signed on for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. She plays Surjya Sen’s revolutionary aide Kalpana Dutta, and says she looks as glamourous in less make-up and a cotton saree as while wearing shorts and a t-shirt: “People are tuned to believe that glamour is about long hair and lots of make up. That’s not true.”