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Deepika Padukone: Took being written off as a challenge

Actress Deepika Padukone says she took being written off after a string of flops as a challenge and worked on the aspects she was criticized for.

Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone

"I'm really fortunate to be in the movie business - something that I always wanted to do and something that I'm very passionate about, which is why even when I was written off, I took that as a challenge and healthy criticism and worked on that. It's important that I've enjoyed the people I've worked with, and I've enjoyed all the various film experiences I've had," said Deepika Padukone at the Women of Worth 2015 event here on Wednesday.

The "written off" period for Deepika was the phase where numerous of her films after "Om Shanti Om" and "Love Aaj Kal" had flopped at the box-office. Her career revival is largely credited to her performance as a troubled woman in "Cocktail", post which she delivered several hits such as "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Chennai Express" and "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela".

"Hard work is the key to a lot of things, but also it's important to be passionate or rather do what you're passionate about. And most importantly, enjoy yourself along the way - this has been the biggest learning. I've had fun through all the work that I've done and all the amazing people I've worked with, I've really had a good time," she said.

Asked about the people she would like to thank for standing behind her, she said: "My family has been very encouraging and supportive, and I also think people from within the fraternity... everyone who's given me the opportunity - right from Farah to Shah Rukh to Imtiaz who signed me before my first film released. A lot of people signed me on without seeing any of my work."

Deepika will now be seen in "Tamasha" and "Bajirao Mastani" later this year.

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