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'I went to the cricket match like any other spectator'

She is the lady of the moment. Here is all you wanted to know about the heroine of Om Shanti Om. Deepika Padukone discusses her mazaa-e-disco with Vajir Singh.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2007 05:01 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times

She has the look and attitude – qualifications required for apun ka pictures ka heroine. So, you know she is the daughter of tennis champ Prakash Padukone, has moved from Bangalore to Bombay to become the numero uno model.. and then yuppy-dedo parachuted into the movies, nixing more projects than you and I have toes and fingers.

Why? Because she was selected by Farah Khan to debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan – a role that was once being tipped for Priyanka Chopra.

Jo bhi hai, the striking looking Miss D P has consumed solid news column space because of her proximity - that sounds better than ‘closeness', doesn't it? - with Nihar Pandya. He's said to be her pehla pehla pyaar and is a showbiz aspirant himself..

Then there were rumours about clubbing with Ranbir Kapoor. And then a joint decision was taken to stay apart till their different debut films release, on November 9. Aah, there's a worth-investigating story of judaai here. <b1>

Really, who could have played the fuming Emperor Akbar to this potential Prince and the Showgirl love story? Not Sanjay Leela Bhansali hopefully, no no can't be.. he doesn't talk or look like Prithviraj Kapoor, any which way. He's made a Hum Dil De Chuke Sonam, hasn't he?

Then our Deepika jale kahin dil was linked - how much itihaas I'm giving you guys - with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, then Yuvraj Singh..

Believe me, I know she's not the sort who'll give me spicy dum aloo answers to questions at this point of her life and career. But as many journos say, "Poochhne me kya vaanda hai." Bole to..

News is that Nihar Pandya will be accompanying you to the Om Shanti Om premiere in London.
(Pause) I wouldn't know about this. But he was present at one of the Om Shanti Om events.

He was with your father.
He was there because Shah Rukh and Farah had invited him.

Ranbir Kapoor's Saawariya is releasing on the same day as Om Shanti Om. Will you wish him luck?
I wish the entire team of Saawariya all the best. I think we have worked hard and so have they. But for me, my film is the most important thing in my life.. I believe we have made a fantastic movie. <b2>

Buzz is that you have invited Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the trial of Om Shanti Om.. when it happens.
I really haven't thought of that. I went to the cricket match like any other spectator to cheer the entire team. I was watching a cricket match ‘live' in the stadium after a very long time. If the team has the time to attend the trial show, I'll definitely invite all of them.

Are you friendly with the entire team? Or only selected cricketers like Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh?
Well, I've met all of them. I also congratulated them since they're doing a fantastic job as a team.

Since the last couple of months, you've been in the news for professional as well as personal reasons.
I'm completely used to that now. The kind of profession it is. Whoever opts to be a celebrity is bound to be in the public eye. Anything we do will be written and talked about. I'm prepared for that.

So you won't mind being spotted with another actor?
Whether it's going out with friends or acting in a certain movie, I'll lead my life the way I want to.

Are you anxious.. or cool.. with eight days left for your debut movie?
Is that a question? I'm quite nervous and.. excited.

Have you seen the film?
No, not yet.

Are your parents happy with your decision of joining movies?
Obviously they are.

Are you recognised in public now?
Yes.. now I am.

First Published: Nov 03, 2007 15:30 IST