Freida Pinto has what Deepika Padukone wants — a role in acclaimed director Woody Allen’s film. But the actress, who walked for Chivas on red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, isn’t jealous. "I’m very happy for her, I think it’s great that someone is going so far," she says diplomatically.
Brad Pitt is another star she’d be happy to bump into. "If he asked me to be his leading lady, I wouldn’t hesitate even for a moment," she grins.
Having been in the industry for only a couple of years, Padukone admits she still shows traces of fanboyism. “I still turn into a fan when I meet Amitabh Bachchan,” she reveals. “I start fumbling and blushing. Now, I’ll know who I’m in awe of at Cannes.”
Padukone says she chose to wear a sari by designer Rohit Bal because “his designs are traditional and sexy.” “With the exception of basic under-eye concealer and mascara, I hardly wear any make-up. Anyway, I don’t think I get picked for my roles because of the way I look, so I’m not insecure about that. It’s purely performance-based,” she asserts.
Coming from a sports background, Padukone’s roller-coaster ride into modelling and then acting didn’t give her much time to learn about cinema. “Honestly, I’m not very clued in to international cinema,” she admits, adding, “That’s why this trip is exciting, because I’ll be exposed to different forms of the same art.”
Though known for being one of the more glamourous faces of Bollywood, will Padukone be interested in a more ‘real’ role? “With the exception of Housefull, most of my recent films — Love Aaj Kal and Karthik Calling Karthik — have seen me in a de-glam role,” she argues.
While she’s had her fair share of butt-kicking roles on screen, the self-confessed homebody admits she’d rather sort out a fight with words than fisticuffs. “Sarcasm is my weapon, I’m known to give stinkers instead of getting physical. But if you lie to me, then I might get physical,” she says.
Thumbs down from designers
Anupama Dayal: I’m all for a sari on the red carpet, but the blouse looks unnaturally short. If it were up to me, I’d opt for a more elegant drape, in probably satin fabrics.
Swapnil Shinde: Deepika looks stunning but the way the pallu has been draped makes it look like she’s trying too hard to look sexy. The sari is not even ironed well, and I can see loosely hanging threads and zari strings popping out, the border is also riding up. The sari is very pretty and would work for a formal sit down dinner but is out of place for a red carpet event. A figure hugging gown will make her look young and vivacious, like always!
Pria Kataaria Puri: Deepika looks lovely. However, her outfit is more suited for an Indian awards function, not Cannes. The sari lacks camera appeal. One can flaunt a sari at international events and look ‘wow’ only if it is styled in a modern way.
Rahul Mishra: The sari is one of the sexiest outfits. But Deepika looks so ordinary in the get up. The sari is lovely, but not right for the occasion. The pallu looks crushed and lacks finesse, I can see loose threads hanging.
Riyaz Gangji: It looks like Deepika had some trouble with the drape — she could’ve opted for a pre-stitched sari to avoid this. The fact that she wore an Indian outfit is a matter of pride for the nation, but Deepika could definitely have donned a gown with more pizzaz.
As told to Sujata Reddy