‘Appreciation more important than money’

Mumbai: Deepika Padukone has certainly come a long way and proved her mettle with variety in her performances in the last few years. The actress admits that she values appreciation for her work more than anyth ing else.

‘Appreciation is important. What do we work for? If I work hard for my film and if my work is not appreciated, then what is the point,’ Deepika said in a group interview. ‘In fact, money is the least important thing and success also is not so important. The love and appreciation that we get, is important and valuable,’ she added. The actress came with a bang in the Bollywood boulevard with a double role in Om Shanti Om, but post that, she was panned by critics for being wooden-faced.

But tables turned when she sailed through films like Cocktail, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela. Even critics marvelled at her improved skills, but the model-turned-actress says ‘being a heroine is not easy’. ‘It looks very glamorous and looks like a great life, but there is a lot of hardwork behind it,’ said badminton legend Prakash Padukone's daughter, who had an easy entry in tinsel town, but had to go through the grind to find a firm foothold in the film industry.

Deepika feels ‘proud’ to have ‘a comfortable roof’ on her head – something which she couldn't ‘afford’ earlier.
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