She began her Bollywood journey with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om but it is actor Salman Khan, who is on the wish list of Deepika Padukone.

“I am really looking forward to work with Salman,” Deepika said.

“In fact we were supposed to be paired up much earlier but then a couple of films didn’t quite work out. That’s sad but I am sure that in near future, we would be paired opposite each other,” said the actress, who will next be seen with Farhan Akhtar in Karthik Calling Karthik.

She has already worked with hotshots like Akshay Kumar Chandni Chowk To China and Saif Ali Khan Love Aaj Kal and will next be seen opposite Abhishek Bachchan, Imran Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se, Break Ke Baad and YRF’s untitled film respectively.

Meanwhile, one wonders what happened to a film called Kick, which was rumoured to be featuring Salman and Deepika together. The remake of the namesake Telugu film, it was supposed to be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by AR Murugadoss.

“It is plain rumour. Reports of me working with Salman in Kick are untrue. In fact I haven’t been offered any such film”, the actress said.

Soon after Karthik Calling Karthik (February), Deepika would be seen in Housefull (April). Either Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se or her film with Neil Nitin Mukesh would be her next release thereafter. Incidentally, both the films are being shot at a brisk pace.

With so much work happening and no play, isn’t she worried of burn out? Doesn’t she fear getting all tired and worn out with so much work happening month after month?

“Honestly, I don’t look at working in films as a job. I really enjoy performing and what I do is something that gives me maximum pleasure and satisfaction. I am better off facing the camera”, smiles Deepika.

“In any case, I am taken well care of both on and off the sets. I feel comfortable and secure and there are no complaints whatsoever,” she said.