Aware of my roots, not leaving Bollywood for Hollywood, says Deepika Padukone

Updated on Mar 25, 2017 01:52 PM IST

Deepika Padukone has clarified that she is not shifting her base to Hollywood, following her debut in the West with Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Her roots are here and Bollywood is where she will remain.

Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut with Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage in January 2017.(Prasad Naik)
Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut with Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage in January 2017.(Prasad Naik)
New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Actor Deepika Padukone, who made her debut in Hollywood with xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017, says working in the West is an extension of her creativity and talent, adding that she will never forget her roots.

“I am very well aware of my home and my roots, so that’s never going to change. I look at it (working in Hollywood) as an extension of my creativity and the ability to work in a different environment with different people,” Deepika said in a statement.

She added: “But I think that the people in the film industry come together to tell amazing stories to touch and influence lives through the work that we do and that was one such opportunity for me.”

The actor talked about her career when she was honoured with the Entertainment Leader of the Year Award at the 12th edition of CNBC-TV18 India Business Leader Awards, held on Thursday night in New Delhi.

When asked to pick between superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood action icon Vin Diesel, Deepika said: “Both.”

The actor, who made her foray into Bollywood in 2007 with Om Shanti Om, went on to say that Shah Rukh gave her the platform in Bollywood, and on the other hand she started her career in Hollywood with Diesel.

The Piku star shared that her finances are managed by her father Prakash Padukone, also a celebrated badminton player.

She said that he takes care of the investments while her focus is only her work.

Deepika will next be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, which also features Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

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