Deepika Padukone is just three films old (counting her Kannada debut vehicle Aishwarya) but she knows the art of promoting her films.
On her way to New York, after attending the premiere of Chandni Chowk to China in California, Deepika sent us a message that clearly conveyed her zest and confidence.
“It is [a] very exciting film,” the SMS read. “From the making to the response that we have got, it has been a thrilling experience. We shot at the Great Wall of China and I did some astounding stunts.”
In the film, Deepika is in a double role, a Seeta-Geeta of sorts. “One sister is called Sakhi. She is girlie, loves pink and wears tacky jewellery with lot of make-up. The other is Meow. She had grown up in China. She only means business and she is very bold and sexy.”
The most challenging aspect of playing Meow, said the actress, was getting the looks right. Especially with her height and wide eyes. “But Mallika [the make-up expert] took care of it. She ensured that we got the look without external add-ons.”
Apparently, Deepika was trained in marshal arts for this film. “I have done some never-seen-before stunts. At least, no Indian actress has done the kind of action we have tried in this film,” she said.
After Chandni Chowk, Deepika will be seen in a dance number with Shah Rukh Khan in his home production, Billoo Barber. “I can do anything Shah Rukh asks for. There’s no denying him,” she said.
What about Akshay? “He has been in the industry for very long. Extremely professional and hardworking, he inspires everyone to push the envelope. There’s no word like impossible in his dictionary.”
The six months’ training did wonders. I believe in eating healthy, not crash diets.
—On her super-fit look in Chandni Chowk to China
I have realised that Indian-Chinese food is very different from Chinese-Chinese food.
—On Chinese food
I wear heels, that’s why I look so tall. I am not that tall really.
—On whether being tall hampers her chances in Bollywood
We planned to use tapes [for the eyes], but I was advised not to do that. You can’t stretch [the skin near] your eyes for hours daily.
—On getting the Chinese look
With the success of Rab Ne Bana De Jodi and Ghajini, one feels more confident. I have given my all in the film. I am sure Chandni Chowk is going to do really well.
—On whether recession will affect the film’s box-office prospects
As told to —Bollywood News Service