I'm not a celebrity: Deepika Padukone

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) She made her first big screen appearance with superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in her second film she worked under the prestigious Yash Raj banner and her third release saw her teaming up with Akshay Kumar, and yet Deepika Padukone doesn't consider herself a celebrity.

"I don't consider myself a celebrity. I believe that I've had a fantastic upbringing and I believe my parents have kept me really grounded and rooted. I hope that success never gets to me," said Deepika whose "Chandni Chowk To China" has just hit the screens.

"I've seen my father (badminton champion Prakash Padukone) handle success really well and I hope I continue in the same way because I believe that fame and money are secondary things. The main thing is to enjoy your work," she added.

The 23-year-old was applauded for her performances in her maiden venture "Om Shanti Om" followed by "Bachna Ae Haseeno".

She is currently working in Imtiaz Ali's "Production No. 1".

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Combat training helped Nandana Sen be less vulnerable

Nandana Sen, who learnt martial arts for a film with Viveik Oberoi, says the training made her less vulnerable as a person.

"I play an undercover cop in the film and the role required me to learn martial arts. I learnt to use a real gun too," said Nandana.

"Earlier, I used to fear being in crowded places. My stunt scenes have helped me overcome that fear. The combat training really helped me come out of my shell and feel less vulnerable in crowds," she added.

The film, which is being produced by Tips and directed by Kukkee Gulati, is different from Nandana's forthcoming release "Rang Rasiya".

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Asin's stay in Bollywood not permanent

With several Bollywood projects in hand, southern beauty Asin Thottumkal moved to Mumbai from Chennai but says she has no plans to stay in the city permanently.

"This is not a permanent shift from south Indian film industry to Bollywood, it's just that I had two exciting projects, so I came here," Asin, who was adjudged the best newcomer at Nokia Star Screen Awards for her performance in Aamir Khan starrer "Ghajini", told IANS.

The 23-year-old actress, who was also in the Tamil version of "Ghajini", will be next seen in Vipul Shah's mega budget film "London Dreams" with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan.

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