Deepika Padukone has certainly made a name for herself in Bollywood after her debut in Om Shanti Om. She is now one of the most sought after actresses working today and one of her new films is Love Aaj Kal, directed by Imtiaz Ali and co-starring Saif Ali Khan. The film is the first production for Saif’s home banner.
Deepika said about working with director Imitaz Ali of Jab We Met fame, “Imtiaz Ali was always on my wish-list of directors to work with and I am glad I am working with him so soon in my career.”
She had nothing but praise for her co-star Saif Ali Khan and said, “It was fantastic working with Saif. He is brilliant yet he needs to be taken care of like a child.”
With every success, sadly there are also some failures and recently the highly anticipated film Chandni Chowk to China starring Deepika and Akshay Kumar sank at the box office, “I would still count it as a great experience. If you work hard on a film or anything and then it doesn’t do well, you are obviously disappointed but it was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot from it. It’s an experience that pushes me to better myself and my performances.”
One of the great experiences she says on CC2C was all the stunt work she got to do in the film, “I come from a very athletic background. And I wanted to do action scenes. To be doing somersaults and flips for all those guys who supervised the stunts for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill … was a big treat.”
Deepika will also be seen in Billu Barber now just Billu, with Shah Rukh Khan in a special appearance in the song Love Mera Hit Hit, “I shot for three days for Billu Barber shooting the song Love Mera Hit Hit. It actually brought back memories of Om Shanti Om for me. In fact even the caterer, Muthuswamy was the same. Farah and SRK are like family to me and I would do anything for them.”
Getting back to Love Aaj Kal, Deepika feels audiences, especially the younger crowd will really relate to it , “It’s a very contemporary take on relationships, the way couples feel in this day age. It’s a very unusual film. Very real. It will connect with contemporary couples. I sure did connect with it.”