"For example, we friends
are sitting together and discussing something and one of them
says, 'arre dekh na' and then realises I can't see. Or he removes
a glass a bit aside spontaneously not realising I couldn't see
that...So everyone had to focus and give a lot of attention all
the time while shooting the film," said Deepika.
The actress along with other cast and crew spent time with
visually challenged people to understand their behavioural nuances
and figure out counter actions.
"It took around six months of reading and interacting.
Lots of physical movements I had to get use to. It's like feeling
things around you without actually being able to see them.
"We didn't visit any blind school, but all of us met a
lot of blind people... it was not just for me but also very
important for Neil and the group of friends I am interacting
with in the film, even for 'dada' (Sarkar) to see how it is
to interact with the blind. So I think it was a group process
for all of us," she said.
Deepika says she didn't find it nerve-wracking to do the implausible
"As I have been an athlete and a sportsperson before,
I think it just makes it much easier and interesting for me.
I think to be able to do stunts, you need to be physically fit.
It needs a lot of dedication, it needs a lot of control on the
kind of food you are eating. So it was a lot of discipline,"
It's her zeal for sports that gave her the courage to train
in scuba diving and sky diving.
"The skating is something I had to learn for the film,
but the scuba diving and this sky diving is something I have
done for myself. It's always nice to challenge your limits.
I always thought that I was scared of heights until I jumped
off a plane. Today when I fly in a plane and look outside, it
doesn't feel like anything," said Deepika.
After "Lafangey Parindey", Deepika has two films
- "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" and "Break Ke Baad"
- in queue for release this year.
The actress doesn't get bogged down by work pressure; neither
does she get jittery by audience expectation.
"I don't consider it as work pressure, as I enjoy doing
it. But I feel very relaxed when I spend my time alone at home
after I pack up every day or I speak to my parents and spend
time with them.
"I don't expect people to expect anything. I know I have
given it my best.
I obviously hope the best for every film," said Deepika.