Deepika Padukone lights up the cover of Brit Asian this month. The actress, currently in the UK with Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal filming Housefull and enjoying record-breaking returns for Love Aaj Kal, talks about growing up in a celebrity household in the magazine, which also uses the iMag format, her love of Ranbir Kapoor and making her debut with SRK. Akshay also appears in this month’s issue and talks about Twinkle, Kambakkht Ishq and how he would like to work with American actor Jack Black.
As Love Aaj Kal ambles past the 30cr mark worldwide in its first week and is expected to easily surpass the 58cr paid by the distributors for the rights to the movie, a surprise star has emerged in the form of Brazilian model Giselli Monteiro in the supporting role of Harleen. “I had been in India for barely 20 days when I was signed for the film,” she says, “People tell me that here actors have to wait for years for that break. I have been extremely lucky.” The actress, who had her lines dubbed for the movie, now hopes to learn Hindi and develop a career in Bollywood.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Deepika is still technically enrolled as a student at Indira Gandhi National Open University. She completed the first year of a Sociology degree and then didn’t return after having found fame and fortune with Om Shanti Om. The university says she will remain registered as a student until 2011.