[dropcap]M[/dropcap]UMBAI – Winning an award is an emotional moment, regardless of whether you are a sensitive person. And when an award is as big as the Filmfare Award, one is bound to be emotional. But the audience and the film fraternity wouldn’t have expected emotions to run so high when Deepika Padukone won the coveted black lady for her performance in ‘Piku’.
As expected, Deepika was overjoyed when her name was announced as the winner of the Best Actress Award. After she collected the award, dressed in a stunning red gown, she felt the time was apt to read a letter her father had written to her and her sister couple of years ago.
The letter started off with Prakash Padukone, her father and a renowned badminton player, speaking about his struggling days in Bangalore. “There is no substitute for perseverance, hard work, determination and passion for what you do.
If you love what you do, nothing else matters, neither awards, ironic I say that here, nor compensation, not even the gratification of seeing your face in newspapers and television.”
In the letter, Prakash Padukone also spoke about his apprehension when Deepika shared her desire to take up a career in modeling in a big city like Mumbai. “If you succeeded, it would have made us proud. But even if you didn’t, you would not have any regrets that you didn’t try.”
Her father also spoke about her being down-to-earth. “When you are visiting home Deepika, you make your own bed, clean the table after meals and sleep on the floor when there are guests at home.”
“If you occasionally wonder why we refuse to treat you like a star it’s because you are our daughter first and a film star later. The camera that follows you everywhere (pauses as there is an applause) and the arc-lights will eventually fade. What will remain is the real world,” the letter further said. The letter ended with Prakash Padukone speaking about ups and downs and how there is more to life than material success.