‘I DON’T SEE MY CA­REER AS A STOCK MAR­KET’

Deepika Padukone mea­sures suc­cess with films that leave an im­pres­sion on the au­di­ence

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

She en­tered Bol­ly­wood with a hit film, Om Shanti Om (2007). Now, Deepika Padukone is await­ing the re­lease of her first Hol­ly­wood movie, which also stars Vin Diesel and for which she was away shoot­ing in Canada for four months. Back in In­dia, she talks about how she per­ceives suc­cess.

Did you know that you were be­ing missed back home?

I know (smiles). I got so many mes­sages. Sev­eral jour­nal­ists also mes­saged me, say­ing, “We re­ally miss you. Please come back fast.” It was a lovely feel­ing. It shows that af­ter a point, re­la­tion­ships are not just about work.

When you were away, did you ever feel that some­one else might take your po­si­tion?

I didn’t think of that, and I don’t plan to think of that ei­ther. I have fol­lowed my heart and my in­stincts, and I think that’s what has brought me to where I am. I don’t plan to change that. In life, it is im­por­tant to do things for the right rea­son. I don’t see this (her ca­reer) as a stock mar­ket. I think it’s about be­ing able to do mean­ing­ful films and en­ter­tain­ing cin­ema that have some kind of im­pres­sion on the au­di­ence. Through ev­ery film of mine, I want to make peo­ple smile. As an ac­tor, you want to in­flu­ence peo­ple’s lives in a cer­tain way, and want to take them on that jour­ney that you have taken on as an ac­tor.

What’s next for you as an ac­tor?

We all have our in­di­vid­ual tar­gets and goals. You want to keep chal­leng­ing your­self and keep dis­cov­er­ing new things. I think that’s the point I am at. I think 2015 was a year of dis­cov­ery for me with Piku, Ta­masha and Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani. What­ever I do next, has to be equally ex­cit­ing, if not more. I am close to find­ing that (smiles).

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