Actress Deepika Padukone, who will soon be seen portraying the role of a girl next door in upcoming Prakash Jha's film Aarakshan, says that she got her admissions in college through sports reservation. She was an active sports person when in college and thus flashed her sports certificate to get admissions in college.
"I owe my admission to the sports quota. It worked for me, so reservation has touched my life. But then there is a much wider impact of reservation in education and jobs. It has its own benefits and pitfalls. I am sure that the film would fetch varied reactions," Deepika told PTI. Deepika reasons that her college connections to reservations is what interested her to do Aarakshan, when it came her way. She added that the film is minus any kind of glamour or romance quotient and therefore it is far away from masala flicks.
Though the film is totally away from any king of masala content, Aarakshan has a huge amount of drama quotient in it. Deepika plays the role of a girl, who is torn between her love Saif Ali Khan and father Amitabh Bachchan. Talking about her on-screen chemistry with Bachchan, Deepika says, “Before stepping into Aarakshan, I had never interacted with him (Bachchan) very closely. I had perhaps met him a few times socially on a 'hello-hi' basis but that's about it. Due to that I was really very flustered on the first day of the shoot as I didn't quite know what to expect from him."
"But when I look back and reflect, I think it was all in my own head," she added. Deepika says that the scenes between her and Mr. Bachchan create several brilliant father-daughter moments in Aarakshan. Giving all the credit to director Jha, who has written the scenes so brilliantly, Deepika elaborates a scene featuring her, Amitabh and Tanvi Azmi which beautifully presents a close knit family.
Deepika who has failed to strike gold at the Box Office lately with films like Break Ke Baad, Lafangey Parindey, Karthik Calling Karthik, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se Bhi, believes that Aarakshan will definitely reach to the hearts of the audience. The other upcoming release of the actress are Desi Boyz and Cocktail.
Prakshan Jha's Aarakshan explores the politics behind reservation in education and job system and the way it effects the lives of the commoners. The film apart from Deepika stars Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Prateik Babbar and Manoj Bajpai. The film is slated for an August 12 release.