I’m not saying ambition is a bad thing, but life is unpredictable. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in the second half of next year. I don’t know what kind of films will be written, and if they will come to me. Even if you work really hard on a film, you don’t know if it will turn out the way you want it to,” says Deepika Padukone, 30 minutes into our conversation inside a black sedan purring its way from the western suburb of Andheri to Prabhadevi, where the actor lives in Mumbai. The 28-year-old has just finished shooting a scene for Shoojit Sircar’s forthcoming film Piku (where she acts alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan) at a bungalow and is to leave for Varanasi the following day for its final schedule of shooting with Khan.
Padukone, dressed in a blue top and jeans, looks relaxed, and promises that the next interview will be stationary. She laughs with ease, but jokes with a straight face. “I am naturally drawn to love stories. I don’t like calling them ‘romcoms’. Ask a guy if he wants to watch a romcom, and he’ll definitely say no,” she says……