In the world of badminton, he is known as Gentle Tiger. A world champion, winner of Arjuna Award and Padmashree, Prakash Padukone is on cloud nine these days. Of course, he has a reason too.. daughter Deepika is all set for a scintillating debut in Om Shanti Om.. HT City gets him talking about his loving daughter..
At 21, she is an independent girl, living on her own in Mumbai.. how does it feel to see your little girl grown up?
It is indeed a proud moment for both of us - me and my wife Ujjala - to see Deepika grow up and do well in her chosen field. She has been interested in the fashion world since her childhood. Starting from modelling to films.. it's been a short but glorious journey for Deepika. <b1>
What would you attribute it to - her luck or hard work?
The very fact that she has got good breaks in both films and modelling shows that she has the talent. Now it is entirely up to her to reach her goals. While luck is essential, it is also her focus and hard work which has enabled her to reach this level.
Shah Rukh speaks very highly of Deepika's acting prowess.. would you say it's something she is born with?
It is Shah Rukh's greatness that he sees a lot of potential in Deepika's acting though she has just started her career. She has a lot to learn from the other big stars in the industry. I don't think it was something she was born with but I feel it is something, which she has learnt over the years.
As a child, was Deepika a rebel or a sweet girl?
She was like any other child - sweet most of the times and a rebel once in a while. And like most other daughters, she is more of a mummy's girl.
Being a sports person, did you ever want Deepika to take up badminton or any other sport as her career?
Not as a career option unless she chose it herself.
One trait of Deepika's personality that you admire?
Her focus and determination. She knows exactly what she wants and works towards achieving that goal.
Do you like watching films?
Yes. I do watch films but selectively.
Is there anything specific that you enjoy doing with your daughters?
I would like to go on a holiday with them regularly.