Deepika Padukone bereaved as her maternal grandfather dies

Deepika Padukone lost her maternal grandfather Jayant Karkal, who passed away on January 30. The actress preferred to face the tragedy quietly with her family and has not made her grief public.

Deepika’s mother Ujjala Padukone hails from Mumbai and her father lived in Peddar Road, south Mumbai. The actress, who recently made her Hollywood debut with ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’, had said during a media interaction that she wanted to spend more time with her grandparents.

“I celebrated my New Year with my grandparents. Today (January 1) is my grandfather’s 95th birthday. Every year I travel abroad to celebrate New Year, but this time I wanted to celebrate it my family, especially with him,” Deepika had said.

Deepika will be playing the character of Rajput queen Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming period drama named after the same character. She has taken a break from the film’s shooting to be with her family, and hasn’t spoken to media since the attack on Bhansali by Karni Sena in Rajasthan capital Jaipur, while shooting ‘Padmavati’.

But Deepika did come to Bansali’s support and assured that there was “absolutely no distortion of history” in ‘Padmavati’. “In a state of shock! deeply saddened and disheartened by yesterday’s events! #Padmavati. As Padmavati, I can assure you that there is absolutely no distortion of history. #Padmavati. Our only endeavour is & has always been to share with the world the story of this courageous & powerful woman in the purest form there is,” she had tweeted.

‘Padmavati’ also stars Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari, and is slated to hit screens on November 17.