Deepika still has a long way to go, says legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone

We rarely see legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone in commercials. So, when he agreed to do one for a paint manufacturer recently, it was his actress-daughter Deepika who convinced him to do it.“They asked me whether I wanted to do it. I said I will try,” Prakash says.


He further adds, “Initially, I was not very keen. But Deepika convinced me and said to me, ‘You have to be your normal self and not really act’. It was just a few hours of my time and there was no harm in trying. So, I said ‘Let me try’ and that is how the whole thing worked. I think it was entirely well-received,” he adds.

Prakash, in Mumbai for the Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament, reveals that he has not received “any other offers” post that one.

The former All England Championships winner feels that his daughter has a long way to go in the film world. Asked if he watches all of Deepika’s movies, the doting dad smiles, “We see all her movies, sometimes together. When we come to Mumbai (the family lives in Bengaluru) we sometimes watch her films with the crew. Sometimes we watch on our own and exchange our views. We tell her our opinion.”

The father is proud of Deepika’s achievements in a field that was totally alien to the Padukone family, “She is evolving as an actress. She is enjoying what she is doing. She tries to learn. After every movie, she tries to analyse her performance. Unlike in sports, there is no coach in movies. You have to do it on your own. She tries to analyse so many great actors and actresses not only from Bollywood but also from Hollywood and tries to learn from them. That’s what she is doing right from the beginning. She has always learnt watching herself.

“There is nobody from the family that has done movies. It just comes naturally to her. She is still in that learning stage. She has got a long way to go compared with some of the yesteryear actresses who have been legends. There is a lot for her to achieve. She feels she has got a long way to go. She wants to keep improving.”

The sports star knows that a celebrity has to take the banquets and the brickbats and there is no escaping from gossip when one is in the filmy world. Padukone (Sr) said “it used to be a problem” initially when Deepika entered the industry.

“You cannot say, ‘I want only the good things’. It (gossip) comes as a package. We have learnt to deal with it. She is also handling it very well. Initially she also found it tough. She has learnt to deal with it well,” said the 60-year-old badminton great.