Deepika Padukone said she believes romantic relationships are complicated and it is difficult to find a partner who understands one’s success and passion. The 31-year-old actor said it is not easy for a performer to maintain their number one position in the industry. “As far as romantic relationships are concerned, they are complicated because it is difficult to find someone, who understands your success, your passion for what you do, who understands that maybe you earn more money (than him). It (at the top) is a complicated place to be in,” Deepika said.
The actor said that with extreme success, she “overnight, (I) had wings to fly” and that is when relationships go through testing times. “Some of my personal relationships have become stronger with time but I have seen some of my friends, who have distanced themselves from me. Some of my school friends… We have become closer than before because we all make efforts to stay in touch. A lot of people could not handle the success that came my way and sort of disconnected. I am not upset about it, that’s just the way life goes. People, who are closest to you and matter, understand,” she said.
Stardom calls for sacrifice
Deepika was speaking at the launch of veteran actor Hema Malini’s biography “Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl”. The “BajiraoMastani” star said stardom and sacrifice go hand-in-hand and one needs to be dedicated to achieve their goals. “… I haven’t gone to college. I just managed to finish my 11th and 12th (standards) also because by then I had become a successful model. And while I lived in Bengaluru, I still had to go to Mumbai and Delhi a lot of times for work. Then I tried doing my first year of degree, (but) I couldn’t do that. I tried distance education, I couldn’t do that as well. So, I am just 12th pass and my parents had a lot of issues with it back then,” she said.
Deepika Padukone said she feels extremely fortunate to have teamed up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the upcoming “Padmavati”, shooting for which has been an “exhausting” experience. The 31-year-old actor has previously worked with Bhansali in “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela” and “BajiraoMastani”.
Deepika said playing Queen Padmavati has been one of the most memorable roles of her career. “I feel extremely fortunate to have worked repeatedly with someone like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Over five years and three consecutive films, back to back, in extremely challenging, empowering and powerful roles that he is known to give women. “‘Padmavati’ has been an extremely exhausting experience… We shot non-stop for almost seven-eight months. I feel certain characters don’t leave your system,” she said.
The period-drama features Shahid Kapoor as MaharawalRatan Singh, Rajput ruler and husband of Padmavati, played by Deepika. Ranveer Singh, will be seen asAlauddinKhilji, the Delhi sultan, who falls in love with Padmavati. Hema recalled shooting for Gulzar’s “Meera” on a minuscule budget, in which she played the titular Rajputi princess who is devoted to Lord Krishna. Deepika added the budgets have surely increased today but a filmmaker would still need more money to justify his vision completely.