Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone recently in an interview with Hindustan Times confessed that her time spent in lockdown with husband Ranveer Singh was a blessing in disguise, she said, “Absolutely We were certainly not complaining. It (lockdown) has, of course, been a difficult time for a lot of people. And that’s why, the one thing that I absolutely feel, this year, is gratitude. Just to be able to be at home with each other, and being safe is a blessing. Thank God, we (she and Ranveer) didn’t get locked down without each other, which happened to quite a few people. So, what more can we ask for,” .
Reminiscing in the same interview about her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om thirteen years ago, Deepika added, “Honestly, when I think about it, it doesn’t feel like 13 years. But on that particular day (November 9), when you get all the messages, and look at the social media, you realise, ‘oh okay, it’s indeed been 13 years.’ Having said that, I do feel that it’s been an incredible journey with lots of learnings, as well as ups-and-downs. But at the end of the day, if I were to look back, there is only feeling of gratitude.”
Deepika talks about working with Director Shakun Batra and adhering to the new safety protocols on set, she said, “Honestly, there was a lot of enthusiasm, and a little bit of nervousness too. And more than the pandemic, it was due to being unsure of how what the processes are going to be. Now, we know what the drill is and all of us take extra precautions, in terms of following guidelines, wearing masks, and even sanitisation, of not just our hands but all the equipments too. Before the shoot, we are also taken through a drill of what it’s going to be like. So, that way, we work in a very safe environment. Initially though, it was exhausting as it’s something you’re not used to but once you get used to it, it’s fine.”