Dec 10, 2008

Entertainment - Q&A Deepika Padukone

Jigar Shah

Deepika Padukone’s pearls of wisdom for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi girl Anushka and a lot more...

Was it tough to do your first action film — Chandni Chowk To China?
I think in an action film, there are bound to be risks. I’ve never done an action film before so I didn’t know what all goes into it. But while shooting for the film, I’ve gone through a lot of death defying stunts.

Tell us about the risks involved...
I hurt my ankle, not once but three times. It’s part and parcel of the job. We had an expert, BB from Hong Kong, to help us in our stunts. He had already worked on action blockbusters like Kill Bill, The Matrix etc.

Did you have any action sequence with Akshay?
Akshay and I’ve a very interesting fight sequence and I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. I would also like to believe that I’m going to be the next female Akshay Kumar.

What’s your role in Chandni Chowk To China?
The film traces the journey of a cook from Chandni Chowk to China. He is a victim of mistaken identity and in his eventful journey, he falls in love — with yours truly.

Ranbir as a dancer and Akshay in action. Make a choice.
Ranbir is a wonderful dancer but I think it’s a life time opportunity to do action with Akshay. I’m very thankful to Nikhil Advani for giving me the opportunity.

What training did you undertake before the shooting of the film?
I practiced with my Hong Kong based trainer for four-five months. I undertook intensive training for eight hours a day, but it was completely worth it.

You made a successful debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om. Now Anushka is doing the same in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Any pearls of wisdom for Anushka?
Well, I know Anushka. We both did stints of modelling in Bangalore. She is confident and fortunate and I really wish that her career picks up as well as mine did.
— Bollywood News Service

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