I am happy that Sridevi likes my work: Deepika

Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone said here on Tuesday that she admires veteran actress Sridevi, and she grew up watching her films.

Recently, Sridevi, who is set to make a come back with R Balki’s wife Gauri’s debut directorial project ‘English Vinglish’, said that among the current crop of female stars in Bollywood, she liked Deepika.

Sridevi had praised everyone from Vidya Balan to her niece Sonam Kapoor, but what caught everyone’s attention were her words of praise for Deepika. Praising Deepika, Sridevi had said that she fell in love with Deepika from her first film ‘Om Shanti Om’.

When asked her reaction to this, Deepika said, “It is a huge compliment. She is someone I have admired. I grew up watching all her films. It is nice to know that she admires my work”.

Today, Deepika was given the Smita Patil Memorial Award for best actor by the Priyadarshani Academy.

“The fact that I have got this award at an early phase of my career makes me feel happy and it makes me feel that I must be doing the right kind of work. It gives me confidence to do the kind of films I want to do and believe in roles that excite me. I will continue working hard,” she added.

When asked if she thinks of wining a national award, Deepika said, “Every actor dreams of it. When you do a shot in front of the camera, it is not on your mind. You are not working to win awards. But at the end of the day, when you finish a film and have put in all the hard work, you wish for an award and if a national award comes my way, then it is definitely a good thing”.

Deepika will be seen next in Karan Johar’s home production ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ opposite ex-beau Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’ and in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Chennai Express’, opposite Shah Rukh.