Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone
  • Born: January 5, 1986
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Actress

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At some level, I feel it is nice to know that a film of yours is doing well at the box office and has also got great reviews. That feels like success. Success
Comedy is the most difficult. Comic timing is something which you either have it in you, or you don't. You have to have a good sense of humour to be able to understand it. A split second can make you lose the punch.
Even though I played national level badminton, I told my parents when I was in 10th that I was not interested in continuing. Being a model or actor fascinated me from a young age, and I even did a couple of ads when I was just eight years old.
Every film teaches you something; every experience on every film set with every co-star teaches you something. You learn something new. I think the challenge is to keep working harder and doing better.
Everybody doesn't get to do each and every film. I don't compete with others; I compete with myself. I have been an athlete, a sportsperson; so I know how to be competitive in a healthy way.
For me, competition is good; that is what keeps me on my toes and keeps me going. I am always trying to better my own work, do better than my earlier films... do films that are challenging and exciting for me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am a big foodie, so much so that I eat in every half an hour. This is the secret of my glowing skin.
I am methodical to the point of being obsessive-compulsive. And I have always been good at multi-tasking.
I am not very comfortable about dancing at weddings and New Year parties. Maybe it's because of the way I have been brought up; I wouldn't want my family to feel that cringe moment. Dance is an art for me. Families, Children & Parenting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't think I am a star; I consider myself like any other girl who is of my age. Others may be working in office and doing different jobs. Similarly I don't think I am doing something different... I am also working.
I don't think you need any kind of backing here in the industry. I think what you achieve in your life is the result of your own talent and hard work. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't want to be typecast as a heroine who does a certain kind of cinema, which is why I experiment with the types of films that I do. But yes, I won't deny that romantic love stories or romantic comedies are what I enjoy doing the most, because as an audience those are the kind of films that I like watching. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
I feel ups and downs are a part of one's career, and this totally depends on how you take it. You can either be knocked down by the negative things, or you can take it in a positive way and learn from it.
I guess I learnt to appreciate old Hindi-movie music from my dad and somewhere down the line picked up jazz as well. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Families, Children & Parenting
I have a lot of friends, but my biggest fear is loneliness. I miss my family in Mumbai, and my biggest nightmare every day is to go back home alone. Families, Children & Parenting
I have always been focused on my job. No profession allows you the luxury of being half-focused. If you're not into it, you're not there. And the film industry is all the more harsh in these cases, perhaps because it's a business of the limelight. Business, Commerce & Finance
I have always believed that chemistry can't be created between two people. You either have it or you don't. The script can only enhance it.
I still live as normal a life as anybody else. I have two homes to run. I have my staff to take care of. I work, pay bills and attend society meetings like everybody else. Society ;Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I try and work out as often as possible. Since I travel very often, it becomes very difficult to have a daily work out routine, but I practice yoga every day or try and play some sport. Also, I am very aware of what suits my body in terms of food and exercise. Sports & Athletics ;Travel ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was born in Copenhagen, and when I was a year old, we moved to Bangalore. I was always a shy person and was happy with just a few friends and that came from my own social awkwardness. I did not know how to make conversations.
I wish to be appreciated not only as a film star but also for the person I am. If I manage to bring a smile on people's faces, then I think I'll be successful.
It's good to be slightly ambitious, but I believe one shouldn't be too calculative. It's good to be on the edge, but I have never followed my mind. I have always followed my heart. And it has yielded the right results.
Maybe because I am from a sports background, I don't give up easily. I am a fighter. Sports & Athletics
My character in 'Cocktail' was different from my personality. Homi Adajania took me to London, showed me how girls dress and behave there. I had not seen that kind of lifestyle before.
My parents never raised their hand or fired me. Their way of disciplining me was to tell me what is right or wrong.
Preparation is definitely important, but it depends on the kinds of roles I do. Like, I completely identify with my character in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.' I had to be myself and I didn't have to actually prepare for it.
Relationships or not, I believe that people don't need to know about my life beyond a certain point. Life
The best feeling is when you are remembered for the character you play on the screen and people associate you with that character. There is no better feeling than that feeling.
The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is a strong side to me, that is of a homemaker. I look forward to spending time at home in the evenings, cooking a meal, chatting with my parents and inviting friends over. Time
To me, the mind and body are one. I'm very transparent, in a way, and people can very easily make out what mood I'm in.
While I believe that when you are in the glamour industry, you have to look your best, I also believe being skinny is not 'hot and happening.'