How would you best describe Deepika Padukone-the person and the Deepika Padukone - the celebrity?
I donít consider myself a celebrity, I believe that Iíve had a fantastic up bringing and I believe my parents have kept me really grounded and rooted and my family keeps me rooted. And I hope that success never gets to me. Iíve seen my father handle success really well and I hope I continue in the same way because I believe that fame and money, all of that are all secondary things. The main thing is to enjoy your work.
With the economic downturn, do you think it's feasible to plan magnum opuses? As an actor, how do you plan to tackle the downturn?
Iíll tackle it when I have to; I havenít really faced the situation yet.
You seem to be very picky about choosing roles? Do you consult anybody from the film fraternity before signing on a venture?
Obviously the final decision is mine, but I do have my parents who I always consult before I do a film and I take their advice.
Will we ever see you in a Hollywood venture?
If some thing exciting comes up, why not?
How do you de-stress after a day's hard work and what' the mantra that keeps you going?
I enjoy doing simple things. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, eating simple home food
Tell us something that nobody else knows about Deepika Padukone - the actress
Nothing in particular. I like to believe that I am a very simple person. I like doing simple things, I like spending time at home with my family and friends. And I am extremely fond of chocolate.
Does it rile you up about your personal life being discussed till the cows come home? Are you on/off with Ranbir, are you on/off with XXX, what is your take?
. All I can say at this point is that I know itís a part of your profession to be written about your personal life and people are going to keep speculating which is fine as long as I know what is happening in my life, and I am very secured and happy in my relationship.
How does it feel to be a part of Imtiaz Ali's next venture ĎProduction No 1í? Were you aware of the tug of war between Saif Ali Khan and the director over who should be cast?
Thatís really none of my business and decision. I think if Imtiaz has approached me for a film and if he thinks I fit the role thenÖ It was offered to me and obviously I agreed to do it. Itís a great script and a great role and I think certain roles are written with certain people in mind. So thatís really the directorís decision. I am no one to really comment on that.
You won several awards for your role in ĎOm Shanti Omí. How has the film changed your life?
Itís changed my life in a lot of ways. The fact that I got to debut with Shah Rukh and Farah, they gave me such a huge launch. Apart from that I am completely grateful to the industry and the audience for accepting me and the fact that I have got such fabulous roles and opportunities to be a part of such good films.
You used to play badminton, like your father. What made you change your career path?
I always wanted to be a model and wanted to be in the glamour field. So itís something that I always wanted to do.
You famously criticized the media for publishing stories about your romantic link-ups. Has this affected your private life and how you conduct interviews?
To me it really doesnít matter; I understand that itís the job of the media to get as much as they can. I understand that itís also a part of the profession that I am in. I know that people appreciate my work and thatís the most important thing. I really donít react to these kinds of things when they are written.
What are your hopes for 2009?
I hope that my films that release do really well.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My parents are my biggest inspiration.
How do you like to relax?
By spending time with my family.