‘I’m naturally drawn towards challenging roles’
Says Deepika Padukone about taking up difficult parts, adds that the feeling of working on such roles is “irreplaceable”
Remember Nargis in Mother India (1957), Madhubala in Mughal-EAzam (1960) or Meena Kumari in Pakeezah (1972)? Right from the start, actresses have taken up challenging roles and proved themselves beyond doubt to critics and audiences. Of late, Deepika Padukone too seems to have developed a knack for picking up ‘difficult’ parts.
“If you go by her last few film choices, you can safely say that Deepika is attracted towards difficult and challenging roles. Be it Piku (2015), Bajirao Mastani (2015), xXx: Return Of The Xander Cage (2016), Padmavati or even Vishal Bhardwaj’s next production, all the films have been and are challenging — both physically as well as mentally,” says an insider.
In fact, Deepika has been completely incommunicado for the past few months as she has been busy shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next. “It’s been a really challenging film for her but she is enjoying that process too, knowing that the results will be worth it,” says the insider.
Ask Deepika why she is drawn towards such tough parts and she says with a laugh, “To be honest, it’s not a conscious decision at all. I guess it’s something I’m naturally drawn towards.”
At the same time, the actor admits that she enjoys such “challenges” as an actor. “A physically or mentally challenging role gives me a different kind of thrill. It’s exhausting while filming but the results are very satisfying and that feeling is irreplaceable (smiles).”
It’s exhausting while filming [challenging roles] but the results are very satisfying and that feeling is irreplaceable. DEEPIKA PADUKONE, ACTOR