On the private front, the beauteous one has been gobbling up newsprint because of her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor. The lady sure seems to know her priorities and looking at her confidence, we donít think it will take long for her to prove her mettle in bollywood. Here Deepika Padukone bares her heart in an interview.
Why beat around the bush? Are you dating Ranbir
No, weíre just friends. Please spare me the worldís biggest clichť. (Amused) Iím not seeing him. Weíve known each other for a while we get along very well, weíre friends. Is that a crime? But the media thinks differently. You guys are concocting a story that doesnít exist.
Thanks but Ranbir and you havenít even worked together. Where did you meet up?
At a social gathering and we gelled very well, since then weíve been friends. Itís really all about the company you like to keep. You know what? I treat him the way I treat my other friends.
Like what? You say, ďGo, get a coffee for meĒ?
Yes why not? After all, heís my friend nothing wrong with chatting over a cup of coffee.
What about the story about you walking with him into a five-star hotel, well past midnight?
We were in a group and what does time have anything to do with it?
Well the hand-in-hand scenario.
Ha! Listen, the media is going berserk. Today, if I walk into any place hand-in-hand even with a girlfriend, the next day there will be reports that I was with Ranbir hand-in-hand. No one sees our other friends whoíre constantly with us. Weíre always in a group. But itís made out as if there were only the two of us. Not done!
Do you both laugh about whatís printed the next morning in the papers?
Whatís there to laugh about? We both know itís not true. We just read it the stuff and thatís it.
Who are the other friends in this group?
Arenít Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja part of this group?
Now, this is a bit much.
Okay, arenít they friends of yours and
(Pause) I donít know about Ranbir but yes, they are my friends. We do hang out together.
Are you excited about being paired with Ranbir Kapoor in Siddharth Raaj Anandís next film for
Listen, Iíll talk about my future projects only when the timeís right.
But this news is official now.
(Coolly) Iíd rather keep mum.
Officially or not why did you break up with Nihar
I wonít deny the fact that I was dating Nihar Pandya for two years. Iíd known him before we started dating we were friends. Today, again weíre friends. I wouldnít like to divulge the reasons why we broke up itís personal.
Was it because of
(Impatiently) Thatís between Nihar and me. Ranbir and I are friends.
Isnít Nihar trying to get into films?
He was he has a role in Marigold. But heís more into his family business.
Werenít you living in his flat?
Thatís not true. I was always shuttling between my hometown Bangalore and my work place Mumbai. Iím still very close to his family.
Talk is that now youíve bought a flat of your own.
Yes. It makes me feel so good to be an independent girl at the age of 21. Iíve bought my own house in Bandra. Isnít that something? Itís been only two years since I started working here things have moved fast for me, touchwood.
Where is your flat in
Now, donít ask me my postal address, please.
Are Ranbir and Nihar friends?
Huh? I donít know if they know each other.
What does love mean to you?
For me compatibility is very important in a relationship.
Your ideal guy should be?
Compatible, calm, cool, and full of