'I don't think I am a star'

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'I don't think I am a star'

She may have made her Bollywood debut with super star Shah Rukh Khan and worked with biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan but actress Deepika Padukone feels that she is still not a star.

“I don’t think I am a star, I consider myself like any other girl who is of my age. Others may be working in
office and doing different jobs,” she says.

“Similarly I don’t think I am doing something different. I am also working. For me, it is like I am doing something that I love and enjoy just like others do. I don’t see anything different,” Deepika adds.

“I feel today I have become a lot more comfortable. I think hard work and always trying to better myself is something that is an on-going process,” she adds. “I don’t think you need any kind of backing here in the
industry. I think what you achieve in your life is the result of your own talent and hard work. I think I have been lucky and fortunate enough to work with good people starting with Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan who gave me an amazing launch,” she says.

“I am thankful to all the directors as they have shown faith in my craft. So I don’t think backing has anything to do with it,” she says.    “The backing from my family, the support has been my strength, the fact that they never questioned me about my career, they never put any pressure, they never stopped me from moving to Mumbai, at every level they have supported me,” she adds.

Deepika would be seen in the Abbas-Mustan action-thriller where for the first time she is playing a grey character. “This is the first time that I am playing a seductress who misuses her beauty and intelligence to get what she wants. I don’t identify with this role as I am not this kind of a girl. But this isn’t a negative character — she isn’t a bad girl but her ways to get things done are bad,” she says.

“In real life I am not grey or negative, my character is like that. I think the challenge in doing these kinds of roles is that people should love you in the end after watching the film. I think that is the biggest challenge.”

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