Deepika Padukone: 'People are welcome to speculate'

By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Aug. 20 -- She hits headlines quite often with respect to her 'rumoured' boyfriend Sidhartha Mallya. But actor Deepika Padukone doesn't feel the need to confirm or deny anything that's anywhere close to her personal life, friends and family. The Aarakshan actor, says, firmly, that "people don't need to know if it's (true) or not or what we do and where we go."

"There's a certain part of life I would like to keep to myself. And I don't think I am answerable to anyone, whether I say yes or no to a guy. People are most welcome to speculate. It's fun to read what people have to say or write about it. But you won't hear anything from me on the topic," says the model who debuted as an actor with Om Shanti Om girl (2007) with Shah Rukh Khan.

Currently, Deepika would rather talk about her upcoming venture, Cocktail, produced by Saif Ali Khan, who is also her co-actor in the movie. "It's great to work with Saif because he is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood. And I am glad that people liked our pairing so much in Love Aaj Kal. Thanks to that, we've been paired a couple of times more," says the actor, who played Saif's love interest in Prakash Jha's Aarakshan.

After a long schedule in London, Deepika has wrapped up a reasonable chunk of Homi Adajania's second movie. "It's almost complete. We have shot around 85-90 per cent of the film with a small portion left to be shot now. It will take only about 10-15 days to complete," informs Deepika, who also has the Rajinikanth-starrer Rana in her kitty.

Talking of Saif, what's her reaction to rumours about problems between her and the former's girlfriend Kareena Kapoor? "I don't think there's anything to react to. I share a professional equation with Saif. That's about it. And I guess since Kareena is a part of his life, it's (such talks) bound to come up. But that's understandable," she smiles.

Interestingly though, Deepika says that Cocktail has left her tired: "It has been emotionally draining for me. It's one film that I am tired after working upon. It's an intense love story. But I am happy that it puts me and Saif back together in one more love story after Love Aaj Kal."

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