In an interview with Anupama Chopra on Film Companion, Deepika Padukone opened up about the need for a ‘Time’s Up’ movement in India, the perils of being constantly connected via social media and being the most successful Bollywood actor today.
The Padmaavat star also spoke about her wedding rumours to Ranveer Singh that have been doing the rounds.
Deepika, in an interview a few years ago, had said that if she wasn’t an actor, she would be a home-maker. When Anupama brought up the topic of working post-marriage, Deepika said,
It’s too much a part of my life for me to say I can walk away from work. But I think that home, family, parents, marriage – these things are very important for me. Today I can see myself as a working wife or mother. I think I’d drive everybody around me mad if I didn’t work.
Speaking about the wedding rumours, she said, “Marriage is an important institution for me. I’ve seen my parents, and it’s the way that I’ve been brought up. When it is the right time, I’ll feel it. It’ll happen when it has to happen”.
When asked about the need for a ‘Time’s Up’ movement in India, Deepika said,
Absolutely, I would definitely endorse that. I would also think that it’s important for it to be gender neutral. While I do think that women in our country need to be protected, there are some men that need to be protected as well. I don’t think this should become a battle of male versus female. It’s about right versus wrong.
Deepika, who has been an advocate of mental health awareness spoke at length about the perils of social media.
It’s about how much we consume of it. So I think it is about moderation. And while there are upsides to social media today, it’s also isolating us because we are not engaging with people around us anymore. I think there are moments when you don’t feel great about yourself, because you’re seeing someone else put up a version of themselves, of their life. But it’s not their whole life. Very, very few people will put up a post of them (sic) crying. So it’s not real. It’s a performance. So it’s tricky.