New Delhi: She is playing a village belle in Ashutosh Gowariker`s `Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey` but actress Deepika Padukone says her saree-clad avatar in the film is no less glamorous than her other roles. The 24-year-old actress, who made her Bollywood debut with `Om Shanti Om` and later starred in films like `Bachna Ae Haseeno` and `Love Aaj Kal`, has donned her first de-glam look as freedom fighter Kalpana Dutta in this period movie.
My look in this film might be different, but I don`t consider it any less glamorous than my other films. The saree is the most glamorous costume for an Indian woman," said Deepika, who was in the capital to promote the film today.
`Khelein Hum` is based on the 1930 Chittagong Uprising in undivided Bengal.
The trailors and posters show a Deepika dressed in plain sarees with her hair tied in two plaits. "The last time I probably tied my hair in two plaits was in school and I didn``t like it at all.
The most difficult part of this film was getting the look right, as we had to transport the audience to the 1930s, without which the entire purpose of making it would be foiled," said Deepika. However, the actress admitted she personally needed little research or preparation as she went along with the director`s instructions.
"This uprising is a lesser known event in the Indian history and we hardly had any reference points as to what Kalpana looked like other than a few photos. For the rest I depended on Ashutoshji who had already researched extensively on the subject," said Deepika.
The opening shot shows her playing badminton with her co-star Vishakha Singh and Deepika said she had to unlearn her professional training in the sport for the scene. "Playing badminton like Kalpana in the 1930s, that too in a saree - I couldn`t look like a professional and had to unlearn my training in the field," said Deepika, who is badminton ace Prakash Padukone``s daughter and was a state level player herself.
`Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey`, also starring Abhishek Bachchan and Sikander Kher, is set to release on December 3.