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Deepika Padukone

The Liril gal, daughter of ’80s badminton champ Prakash Padukone, is ready for her screen debut

Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone
Why Kannada films?
The south makes meaningful films, it's organised and for me it's a good experience.

Why not Bollywood first?
I'm looking at offers but haven't finalised anything yet. Hopefully I'll sign something good this year.

Your debut role?
I can't say anything but the film is called Aishwarya.

You've taken acting lessons under Anupam Kher. What about the dance moves?
I'm a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and have done jive and jazz ballet etc.

Would you do a Mallika Sherawat?
I don't want to limit myself to any one thing this early in my career. I have a certain picture of what I'd like and will work towards that.

How is it to watch yourself on calendars, hoardings, commercials etc?
It feels good because it's a profession you wanted to get into. But I have a long way to go.

Why did you quit badminton? Sports and modelling are no more either/or issues.
I tried to do both but badminton requires practice and commitment which I can't give because I'm travelling shooting etc.

Your advice to those who're not classically good-looking but want to enter films.
Be aware of your good and not-too-good points and try enhancing the good ones. Films are not only about looks, the right attitude is important.

How is it being in the glamour industry?
It looks easy but it's a lot of hard work.

Have you ever regretted your choice?
No. I wanted to act and am here.

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