Deepika Padukone meets Catherine Deneuve

Deepika Padukone is currently perhaps the most sought after actress in Bollywood. So it is natural that she will also start getting some international exposure.  Recently she took part in a discussion hosted by noted critic Anupama Chopra at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival. Also part of the discussion was veteran international actress Catherine Deneuve. The 70 year old French diva is a special guest this year at the 16th annual Mumbai Film Festival as she received a lifetime achievement award. Former Bollywood beauty Helen also received the same award. On the second day of the festival the two actresses sat together for an interesting discussion on the role of women is films but also touched upon a variety of issues related to the world of cinema.

While Deepika and Catherine have hardly anything in common, they agreed on several points. When Deneuve said, "There is always pressure to look beautiful even if you are not feeling like it on a particular day", Deepika agreed and added, "We are expected not to take it easy even a single day without being judged." Deneuve also stated that she was proud of the French tradition of making women-centric films along with commercial cinema. She said, "Perhaps things are different because unlike the US or India, we don't have to worry as much about the box office in Europe."

Both the divas admitted that they are a bit perplexed that often in films popular and good don’t get along. Deneuve said, "Often a film I did not think was great would do well and the ones which I thought were okay did brilliantly." Deepika shared her ambition of going into film production but said, "I don't want to be the one taking the financial calls." Here Deneuve added, "I don't think the producers do that anymore. It's the banks and corporates who've taken over." The French beauty made everyone laugh with the comment, "Women characters often don't have much to do in Martin Scorcese's films. That could perhaps have a lot to do with the fact that he is both Italian and American."

During the festival Aishwarya Rai Bachchan presented Deneuve with her lifetime achievement award. Film maker Shyam Benegal who is the chairman of the festival’s organizing body, Mumbai Academy of Moving Images, said, “For the last five decades, she has remained the most important French actor as well as a huge star. She is an extraordinary actor who has worked with some extraordinary directors”