Hong Kong calling Deepika Padukone
Chandni Chowk to China may have bombed at the box office here but in faraway Hong Kong, it has brought Deepika Padukone a lot of appreciation. She is the first Indian actress to have been nominated in the Best Actress category at the 33rd Hong Kong International
Film Festival which will be held from March 22 to April 13.
Deepika, who will be competing with actresses from China, Hong Kong and Korea for the award, is thrilled. “Considering the fact that the film fared so badly, it feels great to be noticed and nominated at an international level. I am privileged,” said the actress. She feels it’s her character Meow from China who smoothly indulges in martial arts that may have aroused interest in the jury members. “The Chinese look combined with my martial arts training may have got me this award. But whatever it is, I am very happy,” she said.
Her co-star Akshay Kumar, too, has been invited for the festival. Besides Deepika, Oscar winner A R Rahman has been nominated for his music in Jodhaa Akbar.
Some 300 films from over 50 countries will be screened at the festival including 20 world premieres and 30 Asian movie premieres.