Deepika Padukone: I’ve worked extremely hard to create my own identity

After the overwhelming pictures from Bollywood weddings are looked at, drooled over, maybe even used as phone wallpapers, the obvious question that always seems to rise is, ‘Is the actress going to take the actor’s name?’ While Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor added a Jonas and Ahuja, respectively, to their names, Deepika Padukone doesn’t seem to agree with that ideology. On a chat show, the actress had said that she’d want Ranveer Singh to add a Padukone to his name in jest, but when quizzed about the same by a leading daily, the Piku actress said, “It’s not true. In fact, after that interview I realised that it’s a conversation Ranveer and I’ve never even had. So, we haven’t been like, ‘oh, do you think you should change your surname?’ That [chat about it in an interview] was, of course, a candid joke of sorts. It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, ‘oh, we haven’t even thought about it’.”

“Maybe because it’s not important. Also, I’ve worked extremely hard to create my own identity and so has he. So, my question is, ‘why would he have to do that?’ I think what people see of us is a very minuscule part of our entire being and existence. But at the core of it, we are very alike,” Padukone added.

On the work front, while Ranveer Singh has Gully Boy and ’83 coming up next, Deepika Padukone will be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak this year.

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