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    Deepika Padukone talks about life post  Ram-Leela and why every film is a gamble

    It’s been an incredible year for Bollywood’s current golden girl, Deepika Padukone. In her sixth year in the Hindi film industry, she has had four hits—some record-breaking in nature. She’s made headlines for her smoking hot performance in Ram-Leela, for her on- and off-screen chemistry with co-star Ranveer Singh and for almost landing a part in the Hollywood franchise, Fast & Furious.

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    How do you choose your films?
    I do films that I am going to connect with and have a good time making. I also only do films with people I want to work with. The rest has been instinct. Sometimes, films read really well but may not translate as well on screen. Every film is a gamble.

    You have had a dream year. What does the future hold?
    Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny and Farah Khan’s Happy New Year will release in 2014. I start shooting Imtiaz Ali’s next in the middle of the year. And at some point, Kochadaiiyaan will release.

    How different was it working with Farah now, six years after your debut film Om Shanti Om (2007)?
    Earlier, I was like a toddler who had to be taken through everything with her holding my hand. Farah choreographed a song for Chennai Express and she told me then that the difference now is that,  while in OSO she had to tell me exactly what to do—where to look, how to move my hand, how to react—she doesn’t have to tell me anything anymore. However, I often feel like I am on my first film when she is around—because she has that slightly mothering nature. And I am slightly scared of her!

    Tell us a little about your recent co-stars.

    Shah Rukh Khan: A friend and confidante. Chennai Express really brought us together. He gave me a lot of reassurance and confidence. He is someone I love and admire.
    Ranveer Singh: In Ram-Leela, Ranveer and I knew that we would be going through the journey together. Working with a director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not easy, so when either of us had tough days we would comfort the other.
    Ranbir Kapoor: Ranbir, Ayan (Mukherji) and I have been friends, so very few days of shoot on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani were tiring. Also, Naina was a character I identified with, so I just had to be me. The film just flowed.

    — Udita Jhunjhunwala

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