Our chat with cover girl Deepika Padukone was full of intimate confessions. Here’s an excerpt of DP talking about being socially awkward yet totally fearless when it comes to work…
For someone who refers to herself as socially awkward, you’re out jet-setting and charting new territory in the West.
I am socially awkward. It’s not like that I don’t want to be social or I don’t like to go out. It means that it’s not always easy for me to be in those situations. I enjoy talking to people, I love meeting new people. I enjoy going out. But sometimes that’s exactly opposite of the way I feel. I’m truly awkward. But I guess, I’ve overcome that by acknowledging that’s just how I am. I’ve accepted it. I don’t try and fight that feeling. Sometimes I’ve people coming up to me and asking me, “Are you bored?” But I’m not. Even if I’m bored, I’m enjoying myself in a situation where people are talking and I’m observing all that.
Do you have any fears or inhibitions still left to conquer?
I’m not scared of anything. I’m absolutely fearless when it comes to my work. Which wasn’t the case when I started off. And that fear or uncertainty came across and it showed on camera. I was conscious and too bothered by the idea of delivering my lines or making gestures in front of the camera. But over the years I’ve changed. The change occurred because I began trusting myself, my instincts and the directors I was working with.
Grab the latest issue of Filmfare for Deepika’s full interview!