'Talking about my remuneration isn't exciting,' says Deepika Padukone.
She'd rather talk about why she believes Padmavati will be a gamechanger.
Deepika Padukone showcased her new film, the grand Padmavati, and announced that it will release in 3D worldwide.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial has created quite a buzz, especially after its trailer and the first song, Ghoomar, was released.
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, "Padmavati is a story that I am proud of narrating to the world. It is a tribute to the Indian heritage, culture and valour that I am inspired by.
"3D will only enhance the cinematic experience of Padmavati."
Deepika, who is one of the highest-paid stars in Bollywood today, was asked about her remuneration for the film.
But the actress sidestepped questions about her pay package, which is rumoured to be more than that of her co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
"Talking about my remuneration isn't exciting," she said. "I am confident and comfortable about what I get paid.
"But what I am extremely proud of is the fact that people like them have invested this kind of money on a film like this with a poster like this (indicating her poster). That for me is hugely encouraging."
In the video below, she also talks about why Padmavati might be a gamechanger.
Deepika said she used to rehearse a lot initially before shooting a particular scene but her performance has become more instinctive now.
"With Sanjay Leela Bhansali, you don't count the number of takes, you just go with the flow.
"You have to switch off from things like your heavy headgear, costume or how uncomfortable the duppata is on your head. When the camera is on, it is all about what I am doing and the energy.
"After the shoot, you realise (there are) injuries," she says.
"When I did the first film (Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela), I felt I have to rehearse, be prepared as an actor on the sets. I have to know exactly what I have to do and deliver exactly in the way he (Bhansali) wants.
"But halfway through Bajirao Mastani, I realised that I have to trust him and go with the flow," she adds.
Deepika said Padmavati was the first film in a while to have made her feel nervous about her performance.
"I feel there is something about this one, it is not from the heart or mind, it is from the gut. It is coming from a completely different place. It has been an extremely emotional journey for us, especially after the trailer launch," she says.
"As women, we have been conditioned to think in a certain way (in terms of beauty).
"I am glad with what we did (the unibrow look) with Padmavati.
"It takes an immense amount of belief for all of us to take that risk because that is not how the audience is conditioned. Some of them have picked up the unibrow and the skin tone... but the beauty is so much more.
"For me, Padmavati is hugely inspiring," she says, talking about her look in her film.
Deepika gets clicked with Namit Malhotra, CEO, Prime Focus Limited, and Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom 18.
Padmavati stars Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh. It will release on December 1.
With inputs from ANI and PTI
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar