“I cried a lot after Ranbir” says Deepika Padukone at India Today Conclave 2014

The morning session began on a high with Bollywood heartthrob Deepika Padukone doing the ‘Lungi Dance’ from Chennai Express with Kalki Koechlin. She also danced to a popular song from Ram Leela upon host Koel Purie Rinchett’s request. She was on a roll and sportingly answered incisive questions by Purie with wit and candor. “I would play solo badminton and challenge Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan together. And beat them too if given a chance,” said the actress, who is a former badminton champion. About her aspirations, she said, “I am very ambitious. I really aspire to work with Woody Allen.”

About her school days, she said she always felt out of place in school, for she was not an academic topper but always excelled in sports and drama. About her love life, she said, “I did cry a lot after breaking up with Ranbir Kapoor but we have moved on. Not being together with each other has made us better persons individually.” She added that for her being in a relationship was very important but if the relationship starts pulling you down, that’s not the right space to be in.

She highlighted the importance of discipline in her life, and spoke on how she prepares for a film role, the importance of a good support system, about how the goalposts of her ambition keeps changing with time, and how support and encouragement has made her more confident and fearless.

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