A film that has changed the trajectory of Deepika Padukone’s career is Cocktail. The 35-year-old actress played the role of Veronica and is one of the most iconic characters in Bollywood. The film, directed by Homi Adajania, also starred Diana Penty and Saif Ali Khan in Pivotal roles.
Today marks 9 years since the film premiered and that’s why Deepika talked about how it affected his character and personally and professionally.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Deepika Padukon spoke about her character Veronica of Cocktail and said, “I have always believed that while you put a small part of yourself into each character you play, you also carry a part of that character with you forever. That’s why Veronica will always be one of the most special characters I’ve played on screen; it changed me a lot professionally and affected me personally. ”
Asked if Veronica had changed her career in Bollywood, Deepika Padukon replied, “Yes. If a character had millions of echoes, then of course there was something that the audience would agree on. ”
While preparing for the role, Deepika said, “That’s why when I was given the script to read I assumed it was for Meera’s character (played by Penty). It was Imtiaz Ali who called me one day and asked me to re-read Veronica’s script. A couple of days later and after some thought, I understood what he meant and what I saw. And while I had butterflies in my stomach, I knew I was ready for it, too. ‘
The Cocktail actor added, “I don’t think I would have been able to do what I did if it weren’t for Homi Adajania. She gave me wings to fly and made me believe I couldn’t do anything wrong. And with that belief, we created a character that will live in our hearts forever.”
Well, we will forever thank Deepika Padukone for playing at the Veronica Cocktail and giving her an iconic performance.
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