Deepika Padukone now an all-rounder: Farah Khan

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Isn`t it interesting that when Farah Khan wanted a newcomer for her 2007 film ‘Om Shanti Om’, she zeroed in on then debutante Deepika Padukone? And when she wanted a “star” for her new film ‘Happy New Year’, it was the same name that struck her.
Farah says Deepika leaves her impressed with her all-rounder quality. “I`m so happy that Deepika is in `Happy New Year`,” Farah said. Busy directing ‘Happy New Year’, she can only look back with a smile at how Deepika has emerged in a league of her own.
Rightly so! The actress delivered four back-to-back hits at the Bollywood box office in 2013 – ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ – and emerged as a hero among heroes, quite literally.
Each role and film was different from the other and yet each of these sailed smoothly to the Rs.100 crore club. Deepika`s dancing, acting, poise, confidence and most importantly, her versatility, was hailed.
She recently clinched both the best actress awards – popular choice and jury – at the Life OK Screen Awards, where she also staged a startling dance performance.
For Farah, Deepika is an all-rounder.
“Maybe she was very good-looking, she had a fabulous body and she could dance, but in `Om Shanti Om`, we presented her really well.
“After that I felt her potential wasn`t being exploited – either she was not acting too well or the directors were not using her well. But I think in the last two years, she has really come into her own and it`s not shocking that sometimes she does a scene and I`m like `great`,” said Farah.
The choreographer-filmmaker remembers how during the ‘Om Shanti Om’ shooting, she had to tell Deepika “everything” about playing the double role of superstar Shanti and a commoner Sandhya.
“‘Look left, look right, now turnaround, now smile`, I used to tell her everything. But now she comes all prepared and does something wonderful in front of the camera,” the 49-year-old filmmaker said.