Deepika Padukone
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It's high time we accepted an Indian accent: Deepika

By HT

Mumbai, Oct. 16 -- Usually, when an Indian actor stars in a Hollywood film, the first thing that undergoes a transformation is his or her accent.

More often than not, they go out of the way to match their accents with those of their western co-stars. However, Deepika Padukone feels the Indian accent, like any other accent, should also make a global impact.

"And why not? For years, we have accepted the British and Australian accents, for example. So it's high time we accepted an Indian accent," says the actor, who has delivered dialogues in her "natural Indian accent" in her debut Hollywood venture, which also stars Vin Diesel.

"I play an Indian girl in the film, and for me, it's a matter of great pride that I get to be myself. That is actually one of the aspects that drew me to the script and attracted me to do this film. The fact that, for once, I was allowed to be myself is fantastic. I was allowed to flaunt that I am an Indian," she says.

Deepika admits that accents "will happen on a project-to-project or role-to-role basis". She adds, "Of course, such things (accents) matter, but this one particular film and role gave me an opportunity to be proud of who I am and where I come from. Why won't I make the most of it?"