Playing Veronica was challenging: Deepika

Mumbai: Eagerly waiting for the release of her new movie `Cocktail`, actress Deepika Padukone says the character of Veronica was challenging and she needed inner confidence to play it.

"When I was given the script I was offered both the roles…it was for me to decide which part to do. I was confused which part to play. Then I felt I was ready to play Veronica. But I needed inner confidence to be able to pull it off as the character could go wrong in many ways," Deepika told reporters at an event here.

In Homi Adajania`s `Cocktail`, Deepika will be seen in a bold `avataar` sporting a bikini. "The Indian body type is somehow not suited for a bikini so I feel we as Indians need to work a little extra on our body if we want to carry it off well. I changed my work out slightly," he said.

"I had to sacrifice going out for dinners, every time Dino (Dinesh Vijan) decided to take the entire cast out, I would sit in my hotel and have steamed fish and not have any dessert. All this was not easy," she said.

On her character, she said, "Veronica has grown up in a broken family so she has not got the conventional love of parents. She is feisty but not a rebel. She is a super confident girl who craves for attention. She is a girl who is out there to have fun and enjoy herself."

"She is not apologetic about herself and is looking for stability because she has not had that in her life. At the same time, she is very emotional," Deepika mentioned.

This is for the third time that Deepika is being paired opposite Saif Ali khan and the actress is full praises for her co-star. "In spite of him (Saif Ali Khan) having worked so much…he is still someone who fits into these young love stories and romantic characters," she said. The film is scheduled to release on July 13.