Deepika Padukone shares update on Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan, talks about her 15 years in Bollywood

    Deepika Padukone shares update on Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan, talks about her 15 years in Bollywood

    Deepika Padukone reveals what 15 years in Bollywood have been like, talks about upcoming projects Gehraiyaan, Pathan and Project K.

    Deepika Padukone shares update on Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan, talks about her 15 years in Bollywood

    "When so many different things are thrown at you, what are the choices you make in your life at that moment? They say, sometimes in the most stressful situations you get to know a person," she added.

    The actor said she took her time to give her nod to the project after Batra narrated the story to her.

    "Roles like this are extremely demanding. These parts come from an extremely deep emotional place within... I took about two days to get back to him. That really was the time that I took to process the narration. 'This is going to demand a lot from me. Am I ready for that kind of commitment?'

    "But the minute I make that commitment I don't really think about how difficult it is. All I'm trying to do on set is be as honest as possible to the character and the scene. Some days will be tough, some days it will be easy. That's the way it is."

    While it is an extremely realistic and layered character, she said, there are light moments to Alisha.

    "It has been (both) exhausting and fun," she added.

    Jointly backed by Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios in association with Batra's Jouska Films, "Gehraiyaan" is an Amazon Original film which will start streaming from February 11.

    The film is also garnering attention for being one of the first Indian projects to have an intimacy director on board. Dar Gai, an India-based Ukraine-born filmmaker, is credited as the intimacy director on "Gehraiyaan".

    Padukone said intimacy is part of the movie and not the main premise.

    "(Having an intimacy director) adds an element of security, comfort and trust. But there is so much more to the film than intimacy. The intimacy comes in when you are trying to be authentic with modern-day relationships. It's just a part of the film. A lot of time we shy away from showing what relationships in real life are or what they could be on screen," she added.

    After "Gehraiyaan", Padukone has films like "Pathan", " Project K " and " Fighter " on her slate.

    "Pathan" reunites the actor with Shah Rukh Khan , her co-star of three films " Om Shanti Om", "Chennai Express" and " Happy New Year ".

    Directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Yash Raj Films , the film is expected to be released by 2022 end, she said.

    "We are in the process of finishing 'Pathan' now which should hopefully be released by the end of this year. We have a last schedule left."

    Nag Ashwin's sci-fi movie "Project K" will see Padukone opposite "Baahubali" star Prabhas . In "Fighter", also directed by Anand, she will share the screen with Hrithik Roshan .