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I Was Unrecognisable: Deepika Padukone On How Having COVID Changed Her Physically And Emotionally [Exclusive]

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oi-Shweta Parande

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At
a
Film
Companion
event
that

Filmibeat

had
exclusive
access
to,
Bollywood
actress
and
producer
Deepika
Padukone
spoke
about
how
the
pandemic
induced
lockdown
and
being
COVID-19
positive
had
changed
her
not
just
emotionally
and
mentally
but
physically,
too.
The
actress
revealed,
“Life
after
COVID
changed
for
me
because
physically,
I
was
unrecognisable
because
of
the
medication
I
was
given…I
had
to
take
two
months
off
work.”

Deepika
Padukone
was
speaking
to
Anupama
Chopra
at
an
exclusive
interaction
organised
by
Film
Companion’s
Front
Row
in
what
was
the
club’s
first
on-ground
event.
“It’s
so
lovely
to
just
be
outside
and
see
so
many
people,” said
Deepika
to
the
audience
that
comprised
mostly
college
students.

Deepika
Padukone
revealed
about
her
lockdown
and
COVID
experience:

Deepika Padukone On How Having COVID Changed Her

“Lockdown
1.0
was
all
of
us
trying
to
figure
out
what
had
come
upon
us
and
how
to
navigate
our
lives
around
this
new
way
of
living.
But
Lockdown
2.0
was
very
different
because
everyone
in
my
family
including
me
had
COVID
at
the
same
time.
I
don’t
think
anyone
could
make
sense
of
what
was
happening
at
that
time
because
everybody,
every
single
person
not
just
in
India
but
around
the
world,
was
trying
to
grapple
with
what
was
happening
and
how
to
navigate
this.”

On
how
being
COVID-19
positive
changed
her
as
a
person,
Deepika
Padukone
revealed,
“Definitely,
for
me,
COVID
itself

there
are
two
parts
to
it.
Having
COVID
and
then
life
around
it.
Life
after
COVID
changed
for
me
because
physically,
I
was
unrecognisable.
The
medication
that
I
was
given
and
the
steroids
that
I
was
put
on.
So,
COVID
in
itself
was
sort
of
weird.
You
just
feel
like
you
have
never
felt
before.
Your
body
and
mind
feel
different.
I
remember,
I
felt
like
when
I
had
the
illness
it
was
still
OK.
But
it
was
the
time
after
that.
I
needed
to
take
two
months
off
from
work
because
my
mind
wasn’t
working.
So,
I
think
that
phase
for
me
was
very,
very
difficult.”

The

83

actress
further
revealed
that
she
is
a
more
empathetic
person
post
her
COVID-19
experience.
“It
was
different
for
everyone.
Like,
my
mother
came
out
of
it
very
differently.
My
husband
(Ranveer
Singh)
came
out
of
it
very
differently.
But
I
think
overall,
if
I
think
emotionally
and
mentally,
of
course,
it’s
changed
a
lot
of
things
for
a
lot
of
people.
I
think
it’s
made
us
all
more
empathetic

or
I’d
like
to
believe.
And
then
I
(also)
hear
some
people
just
haven’t
changed.
But
I
have
changed

I’ve
become
more
empathetic
and
sensitive.
Umm,
also
I
think
that
the
purpose
of
life
has
become
much
larger
(for
me).
What
that
purpose
is
in
finding
it
everyday.
You
want
to
make
a
difference
in
everything
that
you
touch
and
do.
I
try
to
find
meaning
in
everything
that
I
do.”

Deepika
Padukone
will
be
seen
in

83

next,
which
she
has
also
produced.
She
will
also
be
seen
in

Pathan
,

Fighter
,

Project
K

and

The
Intern
,
among
other
films.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 0:53 [IST]


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