Director Farah Khan, considered the mentor of Deepika Padukone, says the actress is like a polished diamond now. Farah, 49, gave the 'Chennai Express' actress her first break in Bollywood seven years ago with the romantic reincarnation film Om Shanti Om.
"She has really grown as an actress. She was a rough diamond
when she started her career in 2007 but in these seven years I feel
she has become a polished diamond. She is like my kohinoor," Farah
said during the promotion of her upcoming directorial venture
Happy New Yearin the capital.
Though Deepika has improved as a performer, Farah feels she is
still the same for her.
"She has not changed as a human being for me. We are still like
mother and daughter. I feel the equation never changes with family
no matter how big you become," she added.
Deepika plays the role of a bar dancer Mohini Joshi in Happy
New Year, which also stars Shahrukh Khan, Sonu Sood, Abhishek
Bachchan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah.
Asked who is the best dancer among the lot, Farah joked, "Vivaan
was the best and happy dancer in the film because he never tried to
learn steps and did whatever he felt like during the
The film, which will release on October 24, is a story of a team
of six losers participating in a dance competition in their attempt
to pull off the greatest diamond heist ever.
"I feel this is the biggest and toughest film of my career. We
had fun during the shooting of the film. It was tough to make them
shoot together because they were busy in their own pranks," Farah