My character not influenced by Rani, Kajol: Deepika

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 18:19 PM IST

Mumbai: Deepika Padukone is playing a blind girl in ‘Lafangey Parindey’ and it instantly reminds one of Rani Mukerji`s performance in ‘Black’(2005) and Kajol`s in ‘Fanaa’(2006), but the actress maintains that she didn`t let either of them influence her character.

"I have seen Rani in `Black` and Kajol in `Fanaa`, but I didn`t see them before my own performance because I didn`t want to be influence by anyone else`s performance. I wanted my own take on what suits my character," Deepika told reporters at a press meet.

"I have spend a lot of time with blind people and that helped me a lot," she added.

For the press meet, the set of Tilak Wadi, a fictitious place in Mumbai shown in ‘Lafangey Parindey’, was made in the studio and Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika along with a few other actors did a small act to give a feel of the film.

Singer Shail Hada, Suraj Jagan and Shilpa Rao sang songs from the film and it was complemented with dance performance.

"I doubt if ever I have promoted any of my film like this. Another thing is I for the first time I interacted with my audience and fans at such an extent," said Neil.