Deepika in denial mode

Actor says she didn’t take a dig at Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, it was said in jest, denies her character in Break Ke Baad is modelled on ex-boyfriend.

entertainment Updated: Nov 15, 2010 14:53 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

It’s been over a year since they broke up. They have reportedly moved on. But nonetheless, their relationship continues to remain a topic of interest. The latest is that Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor are taking digs at each other on Karan Johar’s TV chat show, Koffee With Karan.

When the filmmaker asked what she’d like to gift her ex-boyfriend, Padukone replied, "A packet of condoms." However, she now maintains, "Whatever I said, it was in good humour. I didn’t mean to make fun of anyone."

What about her wish to see Katrina Kaif’s passport? Many feel that it was a deliberate dig at the actor who was believed to be getting closer to Kapoor during the shooting of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Padukone retorts, "It was the Rapid Fire round where one needs to be spontaneous. Beyond that, I’m answerable to Karan as it was his show."

Deepika PadukoneAnd what if Kapoor and Kaif don’t share her sense of humour? Padukone shrugs, "That’s between them and me. I don’t think people should worry about that." Point out to her that when her ex shot for Johar’s show, he remarked that it was brave of her to continue sporting the RK tattoo, and Padukone says, "I don’t know what he said and in what context, so I can’t comment on this."

Moving on to her films, her role in upcoming Break Ke Baad is supposedly modeled on Kapoor. Padukone argues, "As an actor you meet different people, sometimes the character is not like the person you are… and you pick up references from the people you come across. I identify with Aaliyah’s character in some ways, and in some others, I don’t."

The actor continues, “Aaliyah wants to achieve a lot in life. But at the same time, she compromises on a lot of relationships. She doesn’t believe in love and marriage… some things I don’t identify with.”

But while shooting for the movie, the actor learnt that relationships do need a break. She says, “Not a break-up, but a break… and some space. I believe space is very important in a relationship, but I guess it can work both ways.”

The actor, who has Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey with Abhishek Bachchan coming up after Break Ke Baad’s release on November 26, says that she’s a happier person now. “For whatever reasons, professionally and personally, one grows,” she smiles.

Probe her further if her friend Siddhartha Mallya is the cause of her newfound joy and Padukone clams up, “You need to be happy with yourself first before other people can come in and make a difference to your life.”

After five releases this year, the actor is optimistic about packing a punch next year too. Her films lined up to release in 2011 include Desi Boyz, Race 2, Homi Adajania’s next venture with Imran Khan, among others.

First Published: Nov 15, 2010 13:12 IST