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She is the reigning queen of Bollywood. And yet Deepika is all set to test waters off shore, where she is yet to be known. We spoke to her to know more about the Hollywood debut and how she coped wth life alone, in the USA. Read on.
There is much excitement about your Hollywood debut. Tell us how it fell into place.
I think it kind of fell into place like anything else in my life. I believe sometimes certain things happen when they are suppose to. This is not something I chased. I was offered the film, I read the script and I loved the part, and most importantly I thought it would be a fun experience!
Do you think Priyanka and you making it as leads in Hollywood projects could open the avenues for more biggies from Bollywood to try prominent roles there?
I hope so! But honestly its not about getting a big part or a supporting part. Different things excite different people. I had been offered roles in past as well, but I don’t think I was ready and excited enough. Like Om Shanti Om was not the first movie I was offered but I turned them down as I did not think, as an actor and as a person, I was ready for those challenges and experiences.
What are the major differences and similarities between hollywood and bollywood?
I did not find any glaring difference. And I think that sayas a lot about the Indian film industry. We have evolved over the years. From being an independent producer system to have big studios coming in, the kind of content we are making, to the kind of system we have put into place. So the fact is that if I am doing a film in Hollywood, it is just the team that is different. It feels exactly the same as working in Indian films.
This is possibly first year since your debut that you do not have a single release!
For me XXX is no different form any other movie I have done, other that the fact that it was shot aboard.I have always made my choices based on content and instinct. I did not come across anything that was exciting enough. Having said that, I have signed my next movie and we start filming in September.
Are you looking to do more work in Hollywood?
Yes sure! I look at it as different opprtunites.
What is the one thing that you enjoy doing in the west, that your stardom restricts you from doing in India.
Oh, I love doing my own laundry! (laughs). No, serioulsy, I enjoyed it. Their schedule gave me a lot of free time during weekends. I did my own laundry, grocery shopping and even cooking.
You talked about cooking. So you lived alone in an apartment?
I did. And I feel it’s nicer to stay in an apartment when you are away for so long. I took my photo frames, candles and all my Rasam and Sambhar powder and mix masalas with me. I took all the South Indian food that I could because though there were a lot of Indian restaurants in Toronto, but finding South Indian food was a problem. Also, every time someone visited me I would ask them to carry packets,
You backed out of performance wth Priyanka Chopra at IIFA. Reports suggest that you guys had a fallout.
Priyanka is a fabulous performer and I didn't want to spoil her performance. We might not have danced together at IIFA but you can always play the song anywhere when we both are around and we will happily dance to Pinga!
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