Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
A film that means so much more
I have spoken to her several times and she has always been extremely polite, composed and not given to overt displays of emotion.
That is why, at a Mumbai event to unveil the first look of her forthcoming film “Love Aaj Kal”, I was surprised to see the 21-year-old at a loss for words.
She barely managed to speak more than two sentences when asked to do so by co-star Saif Ali Khan, and even while speaking those she stumbled.
“I am really nervous today, I don’t know why,” Padukone said.
Later, the actress confessed that if she hadn’t stopped talking then, she probably would have broken down.
“This film means so much to me, I do not know if anyone else will ever understand that,” she said.
I nodded. I probably wouldn’t understand. A film, like most works of art is best known to the people who created it, and even though the rest of the world may judge it, they may never fully know it.