Deepika Padukone is a global superstar and there’s no doubt about it. She recently appeared on the cover of Vogue with Scarlett Johansson and Bae Doona, a South Korean actress and photographer. Deepika Padukone has not only met with back to back film successes commercially but has also received critical acclaim for her work. She will be soon seen in Meghna Gulzaar’s Chhapaak where she plays an acid attack victim. Is there anything Deepika Padukone can’t do?
In an interview with Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra, Deepika spoke at length about her cover shoot. Here are some of the key pointers from her interview.
1. "I didn’t see it coming!"
"Last year, the Time 100 happened, I didn’t see it coming my way," said Deepika. "This year, it’s the Vogue cover and more importantly, it’s the manner in which they recognised the 14 of us. I think the world has become such a small, well-connected place. Today, you could be based in any part of the world and yet be able to create impact through your work."
2. "We made it happen!"
The Vogue shoot was international and a lot of coordination must have gone into it. Deepika spoke about it saying, "A lot of people have been asking whether we shot solo and were then placed together. We weren’t. We made it happen, Vogue coordinated this date amongst the three of us. It was fun."
3. "I’m not an Avengers fangirl"
On answering whether Deepika asked Scarlett Johansson about Avengers, she answered, "I’m not a fangirl. I didn’t want to come across like that. When I meet other actors, I treat them like colleagues and people just like me, especially actors. Whenever I meet successful people, I’m never curious about the most obvious things that are out there for everyone to see. So I’m not curious about The Avengers and how she did that."
4. On being called India’s ‘highest paid actress’…
"It’s not something I can disown," said the Piku actress. "It’s the recognition that’s important to me, it’s the fact that they’ve recognised the years of hard work, the talent, the contribution.
5. On playing an acid attack survivor in Chhapaak
"I just want to be done with my previous commitments and just deep dive into it," says Deepika. "But that deep dive is not possible unless you’ve started that process many months ago and have been living with it for a while. Suddenly I’ll have a thought about the film or the character and I’ll pick up the phone or send a message to Meghna. She’ll suddenly have a thought. So it’s a work in progress."
Deepika Padukone starts shooting for Chhapaak on March 25.