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To play a blind dancer was very challenging, says Deepika

Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone, who is essaying the character of a visually impaired girl in her upcoming film `Lafangey Parindey` feels that this was the most challenging role of her acting career so far.

"To play a blind person when someone can see..to pretend to be blind despite having a vision...is really difficult. This is by far the most challenging role of my career," Deepika told reporters.

To get into the skin of Pinky Palkar, a dancer who is blind but ambitious and dances with roller skates on her feet, Deepika did some homework.

"I observed blind people... learnt how they react to surroundings... spent a lot of time with them. Also, scenes
were rehearsed by being blindfolded and then re-rehearsed with eyes open to compare performances," she said.

"But for this, one needs to be focused and it requires lot of concentration. While skating...I had hurt myself a lot and suffered bruises," she added.

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, `Lafangey Parindey`, the latest offering of Yash Raj Films, stars Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles and will release on August 20.

The movie is about bike gangs in Mumbai. Neil plays the character of One Shot Nandu, a fighter who pummels his opponents in the ring blindfolded. He teaches her to see and she teaches him how to love, the actress said.

Elaborating her role, the model-turned actress said, "She is a normal girl who has dreams...desires...wants to achieve something different in life."

On the film`s title, Deepika said, "The word Lafange isn`t negative. I think we all are Lafanagey when we do things differently and take up risk and challenges and do new things in life. According to me, Akshay, John, Ranbir, Neil and my all co-stars are `Lafannge` as we take up challenges and do different things in every movie."

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