"I don't think I am a star, I consider myself like any other
girl who is of my age. Others may be working in office and doing
different jobs. Similarly I don't think I am doing something
different.. I am also working. For me it is like I am doing
something that I love and enjoy just like others do. I don't see
anything different," Deepika said in an interview here. From her
debut film Om Shanti Om in 2007 to her upcoming release
Race 2, Deepika's journey has been eventful having worked
with the likes of Prakash Jha and Imtiaz Ali.
"It has been learning experience. Every film teaches you
something, every experience on every film set with every co-star
teaches you something. You learn something new. I think the
challenge is to keep working harder and doing better. I am enjoying
my work," she said. "I feel today I have become a lot more
comfortable. I think hard work and always trying to better myself
is something that is an on-going process," she added.
The 27-year-old feels one can achieve anything purely on basis
of hard work. "I don't think you need any kind of backing here in
the industry. I think what you achieve in your life is the result
of your own talent and hard work. I think I have been lucky and
fortunate enough to work with good people starting with SRK and
Farah Khan who gave me an amazing launch," she said.
"I am thankful to all the directors as they have shown faith in
my craft. So I don't think backing has anything to do with it," she
said. "The backing from my family, the support has been my
strength, the fact that they never questioned me about my career,
they never put any pressure, they never stopped me from moving to
Mumbai, at every level they have supported me," she added.
Deepika would be seen in the Abbas-Mustan action-thriller where
for the first time she is playing a grey character. "This is the
first time I am playing a grey character of a seductress who
misuses her beauty and intelligence to get what she wants. I don't
identify with this role as I am not this kind of a girl. But this
isn't a negative character, she isn't a bad girl but her ways to
get things done are bad," she said.
"In real life I am not grey, negative, my character is like
that. I think the challenge in doing these kinds of roles is that
people should love you in the end after watching the film. I think
that is the biggest challenge." The film is a sequel to 2008 hit
film Race. It has an ensemble star cast including Anil
Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan reprising their roles while Deepika, John
Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ameesha Patel are the new
additions to the cast.
"Race 2 just like Race is very similar. It's
very true to Abbas Mustan's style of filmmaking with lots of twists
and turns right till the end... You don't know what to expect. All
the characters in the film have grey shades. Everyone has an agenda
or wants to take advantage of the other," Deepika said.
The dimpled lass is happy that she got to work in a stylised
action-thriller. "This genre of action thriller is forte of
Abbas-Mustan. I haven't done a film in this genre. When they are
directing you as an actor they expect a stylised performance from
actors. Everything is in hushed tones, very intense, not too much
movement and dialogues and I haven't done that earlier and it was
great doing it," Deepika said. The film is set to release on