Oct 22|2009

Keeping the bad habit away

That Deepika Padukone is averse to the cancer stick is well known. She comes from a family of sportspersons and puts a great value on physical health. So, Deepika was obviously concerned when she was told by the makers of Karthik Calling Karthik that she would have to smoke in the movie.

The film has Farhan Akhtar playing a loser named Karthik. Deepika plays a very mod, uber-cool girl who smokes. In fact, her smoking was crucial to the script as Farhan helps her quit the habit in the end.

Both Farhan and his producer partner Ritesh Sidhwani understood Deepika’s apprehensions to puff real cigarettes. So they ordered special nicotine-free organic cigarettes for the actress.

“We didn’t want to be responsible for inculcating a bad habit and that’s why these organic cigarettes were needed,” Sidhwani told a tabloid.

Written and directed by Vijay Lalwani, ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ is the story of a lonely brooder isolated from the world. The movie is set to release in February 2010.