Characters Like ‘Padmavati’ Never Leave You: Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone and Hema Malini on hard work, making sacrifices and characters that never really leave an actor. 

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Hema Malini and Deepika Padukone share their filmi experiences.

Though Deepika Padukone feels extremely fortunate to have portrayed a character like Padmavati, the actress told the media that filming for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film was extremely exhausting for her.

At the book launch of Hema Malini's biography Beyond The Dream Girl, written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Deepika shared her experiences during an interactive session with the star of the evening.

Working in Padmavati was an exhausting experience. It takes quite a lot to work on a character for nine months, constantly round the clock. Certain characters just don’t leave your system.
Deepika Padukone, Actor

During the book launch, while Mukherjee was busy giving sneak peeks into various chapters of the book, Deepika and Hema, shared their recipes for success. Both agreed that to achieve the success that they have, one needs hard work and a disciplined lifestyle, two core elements that are essential to walk the path to fame.

I think it is a very gruelling process as we put so much hard work to reach the point where we actresses are today. And it is not just hard work, but compromises on personal life and leading a very well-disciplined life, to translate a certain character on screen. One of my sacrifices was living away from my family. I always fought with negativity and came out a stronger person. I started working at a young age and after my class 12 exam, I could not continue my formal education. In the beginning my parents did not support that. In the sense they wanted me to finish my studies, given the unpredictable nature of the profession, I chose. Also there was a certain mentality of a middle-class orthodox family. But later, seeing my dedication, they understood and wholeheartedly supported me. But, in the process, I missed out on a complete formal education, so I am a 12th pass.
Deepika Padukone

(With inputs from IANS)

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