Mumbai: Deepika Padukone regrets not belonging to a star family and feels unprotected in the big bad world of Bollywood. Be it ex boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s taking a dig at her on National television or Rishi Kapoor’s sneering comments to malign her acting abilities, she has been at the receiving end of much flak.
The actor feels she is insecure thereby inviting chances of people attacking her because she is the only one who is not from a film family unlike the current lot of actors including Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha.
Speaking to a news daily, Deepika said, “Of late I have had to protect myself. Unlike film families who stand up for their children when they are in a situation, I have to fight my own battles.”
Deepika says that ever since she debuted with ‘Om Shanti Om’ three years ago, it’s been a huge learning process. Not just as an actor but also in “learning the ways of the industry.” Padukone denies taking unnecessary risks by being blunt about people. She says she’s no longer going to let people walk all over her.
“Earlier I was always politically correct. That’s not because I didn’t have a mind of my own but because I felt that people are entitled to their opinion. Soon I realised people were taking advantage of my silence, so I chose to speak.”
Deepika however admits that she has now found friends in the industry who stand by her. She is close to Farah Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Imtiaz Ali and Ashutosh Gowariker, and shares a “comfort zone” with them.
“I know I can pick up the phone and talk to them. However, I am not an insider. I don’t come from a family that has known the film industry for generations”, said the actress.
Reacting to reports of Rishi Kapoor being angry over Padukone’s statement that she’d gift Ranbir condoms, she said, “I have a lot of respect for Rishiji and their entire family. He is definitely entitled to his opinion. I did not go on the show (Koffee With Karan) to run anyone down. For me, as long as my friendship with Ranbir is intact, it’s all that matters. He understands that all that was said on the show was in good humour.”