Deepika Padukone was the recipient recently of Cosmopolitan’s Sexiest Female Award at their Fun, Fearless, Female Awards in Mumbai. She received a diamante-studded statuette in recognition of her honour. Although Deepika began her career as a sexy model, she doesn’t feel, however, that this is the most appropriate route into Bollywood. “I didn’t use this as a platform to enter the film industry,” she explained, “To enter the film industry or any other profession you need to be talented in that particular field.”
Despite the disappointment of Chandni Chowk to China, Deepika has ended the year well with the barnstorming box office bonanza Love Aaj Kal. She is looking forward to the February release of Karthik Calling Karthik, a psychological thriller with the gifted Farhan Akhtar; and April’s Housefull, a fun masala movie with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan.
Meanwhile, sports-mad Deepika has had to postpone the launch of her project to help disadvantaged sportsmen because of her workload. She is determined that when the project starts, she will be there to help sustain it. “Though the project is on the backburner now, the research work will be on as we are looking to start it from 2011,” she said, “Next year is a very busy one for me. So I don’t want to start this project just for the sake of doing it. I will take time to roll out this project. But when it starts, it won’t stop.”