Deepika Padukone: I Learned From My Failures

Actress Deepika Padukone is seen with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan during the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards function in New Delhi Apr. 29. (IANS photo)

Deepika Padukone has become one of the most sought-after stars in the film industry with her three back-to-back hits, but the “Chennai Express” star says she learned to be a better actress from her past failures.

Padukone, 28, who would be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth in “Kochadaiiyaan,” says she now knows what films to do and what actors to work with.

“I didn’t expect that I would be winning so many awards for these films. I was never worried about my failures, rather I learned from them.

“I realized my strengths and weaknesses during the low phase of my career. I also understood what films to do and whom to work with,” Padukone said during the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards function, where she won the Entertainer of the Year award.

During the Tata Motors IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards in the United States Apr. 26, Padukone shook a leg with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey on her hit track  “Lungi Dance” from “Chennai Express.” In the film, she had originally danced with Shah Rukh Khan.

Asked who the better dancer is when it comes to “Lungi Dance,” Padukone said, “I haven’t seen a man as graceful as Kevin Spacey in ‘Lungi.’”

Padukone is geared up for three releases this year — “Kochadaiiyaan,” Farah Khan’s “Happy New Year” and her first English-language film “Finding Fanny.” 

The actress is also happy that the line between commercial cinema and art films is blurring.

“The film industry is changing and that’s why the line between commercial cinema and art films is getting blurred. It is wonderful for actors like us,” she said.

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