Deepika Padukone: ‘I’m at an age where I feel a lot like Piku’

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Of all the characters Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has portrayed in her 15-year acting career, her title role in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku holds a special place in her heart.

Padukone played the character of an ambitious and headstrong woman, Piku Banerjee, in the 2015 drama about everyday life alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who played the role of her father and the late Irrfan Khan.

The 36-year-old actress said she and her sister, professional golfer Anisha Padukone, relate to Piku the most.

“There was something very special about the energy of that movie. I feel like my sister (Anisha) and I are at an age where we are Piku. There is something about Piku that is very special. And that’s one of the movies that keeps coming up in conversations. The stage of life I’m in right now, he seems to be my favorite (character),” Padukone said at an event here on Thursday night.

deepika padukone, known for giving acclaimed performances in films such as Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail, Padmaavat and Gehraiyaan, said that during the making of the film everyone’s goal was to do their best. “I was aware of the fact that I would be opposite these two amazing people, but what makes a great collaboration is when you’re not competing with your co-stars and you’re really interested in telling a good story and that’s what we’re there for.” to do.

“I don’t think Irrfan was trying to measure up to Mr. Bachchan or that he was trying to measure up to anyone. It was a beautiful collaborative process and we invested ourselves in giving our best,” he said.

Deepika Padukone also shared her experience battling mental illness. Deepika Padukone first spoke out about her depression in 2014. She said that she hopes her story will help other people get through tough times.

“For anyone who has ever experienced mental illness, it can be, I’m not saying it is, it can be a lonely journey. And that’s when I realized that talking was how I wanted to go on that journey forward. It was my apprenticeship, probably my calling, where I felt that by speaking out, if I can impact a life, the purpose would be served,” she said.

Her admission of being diagnosed with clinical depression, Padukone said, was the start of a larger cause, which led to the establishment of a Live Love Laugh foundation, which raises awareness of mental health. Speaking about the vision and mission of the foundation, the actor said that it is about giving hope.

“It can be a lonely journey. We are here to tell you that you are not alone, we are in this together. Therefore, give hope to all people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and let them know that they are not alone. And it stems, from a line, when I put my mind to it, I don’t want a life to be lost to mental illness,” he said.

On the cinematic front, Deepika Padukone will appear alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan. The Siddharth Anand-directed film is scheduled to be released next year in January.



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