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cinema Deepika Padukone talks about the challenges of playing a range of characters

Miss ConsistentDeepika Padukone
Miss ConsistentDeepika Padukone

She has to her credit a hat-trick of hits this year, with each film offering a different flavour of her versatile talent, but Deepika Padukone is in no mood to rest. She is raring to go with more multifarious roles and says she will continue to give them all her 100 per cent.

Deepika’s latest release Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela , in which she plays a Gujarati girl, has also made its way to the Rs.100 crore club.

“It is magical,” said the 27-year-old on a phone interview as she shared her sentiment post the film’s success. However, a career graph can’t be planned, said the actor, who made a transition from the modelling world to the big screen.

“I’ve always believed that everyone has their own pattern, the only thing that I can do is to work with the best of my ability, to work honestly and whole-heartedly and to know that I’m giving 100 per cent. I think the results follow eventually.” She spoke about her first 2014 release — Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny , an English film produced by Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films. “I’ll call it alternate cinema because it will be pitched differently and it will look slightly different from some of the other films that I have done in the past,” explained Deepika. She said she finds it strange to dissect her films into mainstream commercial and alternate cinema. “I think it is convenient from the audience’s point of view to categorise films, but for an actor, what I bring to a film or character doesn’t change with the type of film I do. My enthusiasm for every film will be the same, irrespective of the budget of the film or the way the film looks.” How has the experience been playing such different characters and yet getting the act right each time? “I think in my case, it’s just that the films are doing well commercially, people are sitting up and noticing that each of my films is different from the other in terms of characters. From the start of my career, I have had the opportunity to play various characters. I am glad that I haven’t been slotted as doing just one kind of character or just being stuck to doing one kind of cinema.”





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