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Updated: December 9, 2010 17:51 IST

Minding her Ps and Qs

SRAVASTI DATTA
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Deepika Padukone.
Deepika Padukone.

Deepika Padukone is careful not to say anything that might be misquoted, but her smile and the twinkle in her eyes betray her fun side

Deepika Padukone measures every word she says to the media. She rarely ever lets down her guard and seems unperturbed by the throng of journalists who queue up to interview her.

She keeps her answers brief not forgetting though to smile occasionally. When I ask what about the media irritates her the most, a smile betrays her, “You see, with them, I have reached a state of Zen! No question, no matter how bizarre, fazes or surprises me anymore.”

We meet her at the press conference of her recently released film “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey” in which she plays the role of one of the two women revolutionaries — Kalpana Datta. Despite having received uncomplimentary reviews from critics, Deepika is excited about getting to play Kalpana's character — something she found a challenge to essay.

You give the impression of someone who has learned to take eventualities in their stride. Tell us about your growth in the film industry…

Yes, I ensure I keep a level head and take life as it comes. It's been a learning experience for me. I have gradually learned how the film industry functions and how to handle ups and downs. But what I am happiest about is that I have come into my own; I am my own person now.

What in Kalpana Datta's character did you feel a connection with?

For me, it was a responsibility to portray her role with dignity. I needed a director like Ashutosh to guide me. If you look at the bigger picture, I connected with her character on the level of a woman.

Kalpana is strong and independent, not satisfied with just sitting at home. Her character bears similarities with the woman of today who wants to go out there and achieve something meaningful.

Which role would you love to play?

I want to act in an out-and-out action film, like the kind made in the West. I think scriptwriting in Bollywood is very good but we can borrow the technology used in Hollywood. Also, I am a huge fan of Yash Chopra's films. The whole chiffon saris-and-love stories act fascinates me.

Which actress do you aspire to be like?

I don't want to imitate any other actress. Like I said, I want to be my own person. I have benchmarks of my own that I constantly endeavour to achieve.

How was it working with Ashutosh and Abhishek?

Oh excellent! Abhishek is so much fun, but while working for “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey” we didn't get to do many fun things because the script demanded seriousness.

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