Deepika, the new queen of Bollywood1 min read

“My general philosophy these days is not to expect too much, but I can’t deny that [the attention] feels nice. People now tend to look at me beyond the glamour and the looks,” she says, shrugging her shoulders.”The morning after a film releases, your phone is flooded with messages. It’s a beautiful high. But you can’t let it get to you. You have to get right back to work.”

Less than 15 minutes before I’m meant to arrive at her home, Deepika Padukone sends me a text message asking if we could delay our appointment.

“Can we meet half an hour later? Flying out to Macau for IIFA tonight. Have errands to run,” she tells me.

Some 40 minutes later, I’m in the elevator heading upstairs to meet Bollywood’s new queen.

It’s been a turnaround year for the 27-year-old actor, who’s had four back-to-back box office hits in 12 months (Cocktail, Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express).

More at, from Rajeev Masand’s interview with Deepika Padukone


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