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Deepika Padukone has been celebrating the success of her latest controversial outing ‘Padmaavat’, which has already managed to cross the 100-crore mark. She delivered a stupendous performance in the film and left her fans charmed and in complete awe of her.
After unending controversies and death threats that Deepika received over the past few month, she recently confessed how all that has been overcome by her with all the love that her fans poured on her.
Speaking to a leading daily, the ‘Padmaavat’ actress said, “At this point I am not thinking about the last three months. The last three days have been so overwhelming that nothing else matters. I am in a mood to celebrate. I am grateful for all the love and support.”
Deepika said that while ‘Padmaavat’ was a story that was several centuries old, it was as relevant today as ever. “It looks at the power of women. Today again we are standing up for ourselves with dignity… I find her journey so relevant today,” Deepika said about her character, Rani Padmavati.
Despite the movie having Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh playing pivotal and strong characters, it was somehow only Deepika who faced the flak from the Karni Sena. To this, Deepika said, “When Rani has so much strength, why would she need others? In my personal life I fight my own battle, I don’t need anyone.”
She also spoke about the alleged dream sequence between Ranveer’s character and her in the film and said, “We (Ranveer and I) don’t have even a moment together in this film. When I was shooting he was not there and vice versa. I was not aware what work he has done in the film,” she said. “Being a central protagonist as a female actor and with this kind of budget, I did feel a sense of responsibility so at times I used to go to the sets when I saw a little bit of what they were doing. Other than that, it seems as if we have shot two different films.”
The climax of the film with Deepika committing jauhar was extremely powerful. Recollecting her experience of shooting the scene, Deepika said, “The jauhar speech was done in one take. I felt I would forget the lines. I did rehearsals for it. It was an intense moment on the sets. Everyone was quiet. They had kept three days for this but we did it in half a day.”
When lyricist Javed Akhtar called ‘Padmaavat’ the ‘Mother India’ of her career, Deepika was on cloud nine. But what gratified her more was that her parents praised her performance. “My parents have seen the film and they were proud of my work, but there was a sense of disbelief, like they were thinking is she our daughter? As I don’t stay with them, they don’t know much in detail about the role or the film. I want them to enjoy the film as a normal audience. They had no idea about ‘Padmaavat’ and the story. The last 15 minutes of the film for my parents were tough… they hate it when I die in films,” Deepika said.