She may or may not be saying that but deep down her heart, Deepika Padukone would well be knowing that in months to come she would have at least a couple more 100 crore films to her name before the year comes to an end. While Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani should be the first in line, a film which is the hottest contender for this fate is Chennai Express where she has the advantage of not just being the solo heroine but also be paired opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan.
So can audience expect a ‘dhamaal’ non-stop fun entertainer here?
“You can say so,” says Deepika, “It’s great to be with Shah Rukh again. He had always said that whenever he and I had to come together again, it had to be much more special than our first film since there is always that kind of expectation when a hit pairing comes together. Om Shanti Om did very well for both of us and now to be back in a fun outing like Chennai Express is going to be special indeed.”
More so since she is also stepping into the mad world created by Rohit Shetty which is a genre in its own right.
“It is great to be working with Rohit since he knows exactly what he is doing. Everything that he does, it is with a lot of style. There is a definite scale in every shot that he takes. This is one film where I have completely surrendered myself to the director. Same is the case with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela as well.”
Adding more on her directors, Deepika says, “Now Rohit and Sanjay are people who know their craft inside out. They are not strict in the conventional sense. In fact they do take suggestions as well. However if they stray a little, they bring them back on track. They know how to manage their actors and that’s a good thing; you have to take it all in a positive spirit.”
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder