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Deepika: Learned on the job, never auditioned


Deepika Padukone

recently shared her thoughts on how

Indian cinema

is gaining recognition worldwide, especially after the film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ won the Grand Prix at

Cannes 2024

. According to her, this attention is not just because of how Indian films are made, but because Western audiences are becoming more open to our style of storytelling.
Deepika Padukone said to Deadline that she doesn’t think India has changed much in how films are made or the stories told.

She feels India has always had interesting stories. However, she believes the world, especially the West, is now more open to Eastern and Indian cinema, realizing there’s more to cinema than just American films.
Deepika highlighted how ‘RRR’ and the success of the song ‘Naatu Naatu,’ which won an Oscar, have contributed to shrinking the world for Indian cinema. She expressed that now, it’s more about telling compelling stories that resonate with global audiences, regardless of where they originate. According to her, whether it’s filmmaking in Sweden, Bosnia, or India, the focus remains on delivering captivating narratives that connect with viewers worldwide.

For Deepika Padukone, entering Hollywood proved to be a vastly different experience compared to Bollywood. Recalling her Hollywood debut in 2017’s ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ alongside

Vin Diesel

, Deepika emphasized that Hollywood operates differently. She reminisced about her start in the industry, noting that unlike in Bollywood where she was cast by

Farah Khan

in ‘Om Shanti Om’ without an audition, Hollywood required her to audition for roles. Deepika highlighted that a decade ago, when she began her journey in the West, auditioning was a completely new process for her, as she hadn’t undergone any formal acting training. Instead, her acting skills were honed through practical experience on the job.

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