Besides being the Chandni Chowk to China girl, Deepika Padukone is also in the news for getting her beau’s name tattooed on her nape — the tattoo has the initials ‘RK’. When quizzed, she acts innocent: “What tattoo, which tattoo?” We tell her that the pictures have been circulated and we have one, too! “No comments,” she replies.
What about her bindi? Deepika has been spotted at almost all the premieres of Chandni Chowk to China wearing a bindi. Whether it was along with the black lehenga by Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra, the sari by Manish Malhotra or the Tarun Tahiliani outfit, the bindi was intact. Earlier, she wore it for a television show, too. Is it her lucky charm? “Nothing like that. It’s just that I love the bindi and I try and wear it as often as I can.” She adds, “I love the Indian look and the modern Indian look — whether it’s the kurta-jeans-jutti look or full-on Indian attire.” Deepika is so in love with her forehead jewel that she makes it a point to wear an Indian outfit “at least once a week so that I can wear a bindi.”
Her look in CC2C, especially her Chinese fringe, has been much imitated, if requests at hair salons are anything to go by. “I never thought I’d be able to carry that look,” she says, referring to her wide-eyed south Indian features. “But I think I’ve done a decent job of carrying it off.” Is it the next trendsetter, then? “I was told that my Om Shanti Om look of clothes and eyeliner set a trend, too. Personally, I am just experimenting. If that sets a trend, it feels good.”
She is setting trends, she has teamed up with stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, and has worked with a big banner like Yash Raj, but if we talk about her celebrity status, Deepika laughs it off. “I don’t consider myself a celebrity. I believe my parents have kept me really grounded. I hope that success never gets to me,” she says, adding, “I believe that fame and money are secondary things. The main thing is to enjoy your work.”
The interview would be incomplete without a question on size zero. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to achieve that because my body frame is big,” says Deepika. Besides, the lady adds, she has neither the need nor the desire to become size zero.