'Shah Rukh has best smile' : Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone finds oral hygiene as important as toning body and she says she is sold on the smile of his first hero Shah Rukh Khan. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in conversation with the actor in Mumbai
You are promoting oral care. Who has the best smile in Bollywood?
Shah Rukh (Khan) has the best smile. It is not just about the smile but also the energy that he gives out with the smile and the dimples that he and I both share.
Well talking about Khans, you have worked with top actors like Shah Rukh, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar. When will you share screen with Salman Khan and Aamir Khan?
I have a whole list of people with whom I am yet to work with and definitely Salman and Aamir top it. I am hopeful to work with them soon.
You are pairing up with former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor again in Ayan Mukherji's film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani produced by Karan Johar. How comfortable are you working with him?
I know Ayan, Ranbir and Karan on a personal level for a long time. I am as comfortable working with Ranbir as I was four years ago (during 2008 film Bachna Ae Haseeno).
Are you friends with your contemporaries like Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Katrina Kaif?
Yes, of course I am friends with all of them. They all have their good things which I appreciate.
Coming back to smile and oral care, you were spotted unveiling Orbit-IDA National Oral Health Card.
I think it (oral health card) is a wonderful initiative by IDA (Indian Dental Association) and Orbit to promote oral care, oral health and oral hygiene. I am someone who has always believed in being physically fit and healthy. And my oral care is an extension of that. A lot of people neglect their teeth. But I think it (oral hygiene) is as important as going to the gym and the food you eat.
How much you are into oral care personally?
It's something I have believed in since I was a child. My mother (Ujjala Padukone) used to scold me and say you have to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Even today, every time I brush my teeth, I think of my mother and also my dentist who has given me such a lovely smile and wonderful teeth. Also most importantly, it's Orbit (a brand of sugarless chewing gum from the Wrigley Company) that has helped me to maintain my oral hygiene. Due to my hectic schedule it's very simple to carry something as small as that in my handbag.
Do you always carry teeth-cleaning gums?
Yes, it's 100pc certain that I will always have those gums with me. And because I carry this small sachet of Orbit with me whenever I am travelling or step out of the house, lot of people take it for granted that they don't have to carry their own chewing gums when they need one. It's something I am sort of addicted to ... every time I eat or drink something, I have to chew a sugar-free chewing gum ... it's just an extension of everything that I do in daily life.
Do you recommend avoiding sweets for oral care?
You don't need to avoid any kind of sweets ... you should eat everything. As long as you take care of you teeth, brush regularly and take care of your oral hygiene, you can eat anything.
You endorse a lot of brands. Can you relate yourself with those products?
I have always believed that a brand ambassador is an extension of the brand itself, while a brand is an extension of its ambassador's personality. I am approached by several brands every day. But for me it's always quality over quantity and also to be able to identify with what the brand wants to say and to who they want to say it to. I have to feel natural about the association.