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Deepika Padukone's Diwali

Deepika Padukone, currently in Delhi filming for Imtiaz Ali's next opposite Saif Ali Khan, is paying the price for being one of Bollywood's busiest stars, by having to miss spending Diwali with her parents this year, something that she has never done before. 

"I have spent every Diwali with my family and was looking forward to it this year as well. But this year I shall be in Delhi shooting and it doesn't seem possible. I will be missing my family a lot," the 22-year-old leggy charmer from Bangalore told Sawf News exclusively, making us want to throttle director Imtiaz Ali and producer Saif Ali. 

Last year, Deepika's parents, former badminton ace Prakash Padukone and Ujjala, as well as her sister, Anisha, 17, an aspiring golfer, had come down to Mumbai to be with Deepika for the festival of lights, as she was busy promoting her debut film Om Shanti Om, which had just released. 

"Deepika had earlier taken a Ganpati break and gone to Bangalore to visit her family," a source told us. 

Even following the completion of Imtiaz Ali's next, there is going to be little respite for Deepika. 

"Once she is done with the Delhi schedule of Imtiaz Ali's film, she will be heading straight back to Mumbai to shoot a promotional video for Chandni Chowk To China along with Akshay Kumar," the source added. 

It will be around the same time that boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor is scheduled to leave for USA on a two 2 month shooting stint for Karan Johar production, Wake Up Sid. 

Deepika tells facts about herself as a kid. Apparently, she took badminton quite seriously in her growing up years and was amongst the Top-3 in her state (Karnataka) when she was 15-16 years old. Even today, she maintains that given a situation, she can give quite a few a run for their money if asked to step on the badminton court. Just the right reason for Sajid to hand her over a shuttle-cock as a gift! 

- She was also asked a question to choose the better looking man between her father (Prakash Padukone) and her love (Ranbir Kapoor). What did she reply? 

- The world is aware about her alleged involvement with Yuvraj Singh. Hence, it was inevitable that she was thrown a query about his presence at her birthday party. Deepika’s reply? ‘Well, he is a friend and was there having dinner with us. Period.’

- Before being paired with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om, Deepika had made her small screen debut with Himesh Reshammiya. Remember the video? Sajid plays it for the audience in the show. 

- Meanwhile she appears to be quite confident about one of her upcoming films about which she is confident that it would be the biggest hit of 2009. The film has Akshay Kumar as her co-star and is titled Housefull. The director? Sajid Khan himself. 

- Remembering her growing up years, Deepika confesses that she had a huge crush on Arjun Rampal. Apparently, the man was understandably embarrassed when Deepika told him the same during the shooting of Om Shanti Om. 

- However, currently she is all loyal and committed to Ranbir Kapoor and admits that she belongs to the ‘pati parmeshwar’ variety who would love to see herself married to him 10 years down the line with number of kids around her. 

- There was some fun in store though when she got into ‘How well do you know Ranbir’ round. When asked about Ranbir’s stint as an assistant director in his early years, Deepika was confident that Black was the first film where he assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali. However, that is not the case since years back; Ranbir had started his career with a different director. Any guesses? 


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