New Delhi: Deepika Padukone may have chartered a successful Bollywood career for herself in a short span but the actress says she is rarely happy with her work.
The 25-year-old says her self-criticism helps her do better with each film.
"I am very harsh on myself. I am very rarely satisfied with my own work but I am glad that it is like this. I would rather be harsh on myself than be happy with the smallest thing that I do. I compete with myself and challenge myself to do better everyday. It gives me the drive to push myself otherwise I would be stuck in the rut," Deepika told PTI.
The 26-year-old proved that she is more than a pretty face with her powerful performance as Veronica in `Cocktail`, her lone release this year.
"I am glad that this film happened for people to realise that. I have always believed in my work and myself but sometimes you have to wait for the right script and opportunity to come your way. `Cocktail` did that for me."
She has already won an award for her performance in the film. Deepika, however, says she is more happy to see that the audiences` perception about her has changed for good.
"I think awards are always welcome. Big Star awards recently acknowledged my contribution. But I am more happy about the energy shift that I feel from the audiences post Veronica. There is nothing in the world that compensates for that feeling."
With her latest film `Race 2` ready to hit the screens on January 25, Deepika says she is looking forward to 2013.
"I could not have asked for more this year. I invested a lot emotionally into the character of Veronica and I am very happy with the result. It has been a great year for me not only in terms of Cocktail`s success but also with the kind of films that I signed post that. I have an interesting line-up for 2013."
Deepika is looking forward to a busy year in 2013 with `Race 2`, `Kochadaiyaan` and `Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani` releases. She has also reunited with Shah Rukh Khan for `Chennai Express` after `Om Shanti Om` besides working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for `Ram Leela`.
"`Yeh Jawaani...` is almost done and we have just started shooting `Chennai Express`. I am working with Shah Rukh again after four years. The film is true to Rohit Shetty`s style. While `Ram Leela` with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a love story," says Deepika, adding that `Kochadaiyaan` with superstar Rajinikanth is ready for release.
Talking about `Race 2`, her first release of the year, Deepika says she plays a manipulative role.
"It is for the first time that I am doing an action thriller. The first part was very successful and Race 2 has similar twists and turns. My character Alina is very manipulative and intelligent and she knows how to get her way through whatever she wants."
The Abbas-Mustan film also stars Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel and Bipasha Basu.