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'Sports helped me tackle success and failure'

entertainment Updated: Jul 08, 2009 12:28 IST

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone feels that her sports background has equipped her to balance the highs and lows in the film industry.

"I know how to deal with success and failure. Success of Om Shanti Om did not affect me nor did the failure of Chandni Chowk to China. I have learnt this as a sportsperson myself and from my father as a child," Deepika, daughter of Badminton ace Prakash Padukone, told PTI here today.

"In two years, I have reached this far despite being a rank newcomer. It's a nice feeling.I have never been on a film set nor assisted anybody in direction. But I am definitely not satisfied. I am still learning a lot," she said.

The model-turned actress played a doubles match teaming up with her father at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) court here on Sunday, against Bollywood star Aamir Khan and badminton player Aparna Popat, at an exhibition game before the final of the Tata Open Badminton Tournament.

Deepika is eagerly awaiting the release of Love Aaj Kal on July 31, where she is paired opposite Saif Ali Khan, who makes his debut as a producer with this movie.

"It's a story about love and relationships," she said adding her character 'Meera' is some one who is similar to her in real life.

"She is young, modern.. at the same time conventional and traditional. Like me, she is career minded, focussed but also believes in love, relationships and institution of marriage," Deepika said.