“I cried a lot after Ranbir” – Deepika Padukone

At the  ‘Blockbuster Express – Why Heroines are the new heroes’ session at the 13th edition of the INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE, actress Deepika Padukone poured her heart out on former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.

Deepika Padukone at the India Today Conclave 2014

Deepika Padukone at the India Today Conclave 2014

Kalki Koechlin and Deepika Padukone in India Today Conclave 2014

Kalki Koechlin and Deepika Padukone in India Today Conclave 2014

The morning session began on a high with Bollywood sweetheart Deepika Padukone doing the ‘Lungi Dance’ from Chennai Express with Kalki Koechlin. She also danced to a popular song from Ram Leela upon host Koel Purie Rinchett’s request. She was on a roll and sportingly answered incisive questions by Purie with wit and candor. “I would play solo badminton and challenge Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan together. And beat them too if given a chance,” said the actress, who is a former badminton champion. About her aspirations, she said, “I am very ambitious. I really aspire to work with Woody Allen.”

About her school days, she said she always felt out of place in school, for she was not an academic topper but always excelled in sports and drama. About her love life, she said, “I did cry a lot after breaking up with Ranbir Kapoor but we have moved on. Not being together with each other has made us better persons individually.” She added that for her being in a relationship was very important but if the relationship starts pulling you down, that’s not the right space to be in.

She highlighted the importance of discipline in her life, and spoke on how she prepares for a film role, the importance of a good support system, about how the goalposts of her ambition keeps changing with time, and how support and encouragement has made her more confident and fearless.

Top 5 quotes by Deepika Padukone

“I would play solo badminton & challenge Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan together. And beat them too if given a chance.”

“I am very ambitious. I really aspire to work with Woody Allen.”

“I always felt out of place in school. I was not topper in academics but always excelled in sports and drama.”

‘I did cry a lot after breaking up with Ranbir Kapoor but we have moved on. Not being together with each other has made us better persons individually.”

”For me being in a relationship is very important but if a relationship starts pulling you down, that’s not the right space to be in”