Diana Penty recalls working with first co-star Deepika Padukone: We became 2 DP’s in the same pod
As 'Cocktail' turned eight years of its release, Diana Penty shared a heartfelt to her first co-star Deepika Padukone.
Diana Penty who made her debut in Bollywood with the film, ‘Cocktail,’ shared a heartfelt note to her first-ever co-star Deepika Padukone as the film clocked 8 years of its release on July 13, 2020. It also starred Saif Ali Khan, who co-produced the film with Dinesh Vijan.
Diana and Deepika’s on-screen friendship in ‘Cocktail’ garnered immense appreciation. Recalling her working days with DP, Diana penned a heartfelt note on Deepika’s personal website that read: “Deepika Padukone was one of my firsts. As my first co-actor in my first ever film, she made quite an impact, allaying my fears and giving me a memorable initiation into a world I had no clue about. It’s important to remember that I was young, a professional model, who was suddenly plunged into a new universe that was filled with so many unknowns. Deepika had many films under her belt by then, a rising star, and yet she was so warm, with a smile that always made you feel welcome and part of the crew.”
“I remember on one of the very first days of shoot, which was in London, I was sitting alone in my hotel room when I received a message from Deepika asking me to join her for dinner. When I met her later that evening, I realized that Saif, Homi, Dinoo and a few others were there… she went out of her way to make me feel included. We soon became 2 DP’s in the same pod! I learnt from her too – always the consummate professional, Deepika’s discipline was exemplary… she was never late for the shoot and no matter when we packed up, she would always find a way to make it to the gym among many other things. I also remember watching in jaw-dropping awe, how she transformed herself into Veronica, a character that was not anything like her personally. I truly was blown away,” wrote Diana.
Lastly, the ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ actress also stated on it still blows her mind whenever she watched Padukone transform into many characters. “Her smile still remains just as warm and to me, she will always be the Veronica to my Meera,” wrote Diana.
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