Deepika Padukone on ‘The Intern’ remake: “It’s a beautiful story between two generations”


After the mediocre response to her last release ‘Chhapaak’ (2020), Deepika Padukone is already onto her next. Set to work with Shakun Batra, the actress-producer spoke to the media, where she elaborated about the film creating a new genre into the mix.

The project will be a remake of the Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro comedy ‘The Intern’ (2015). Talking about taking on a lighter project, Hindustan Times reports Padukone stating, “To be honest, you can’t call Shakun’s film ‘light’ either… Although the overall tonality of the film is slightly lighter than my last film, in terms of inner, emotional turmoil my character goes through, it’s quite challenging. The overall genre of the film is something we haven’t seen much in Indian cinema, it’s called domestic noir. I don’t think that’s a genre we are very familiar with, but at the same time the audience is completely ready for it, as we have been exposed to that genre in different ways, whether through Hollywood films or OTT platforms.”

This will be the second outing Padukone will make as a producer, where she will share the screen with Rishi Kapoor. Talking about the film, she went on to say, “When I saw the Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro version of it, this is where I can say I finally came across as something that’s going to be endearing, light-hearted, relatable. The theme of the film is universal. India is one of the youngest countries in the world. With the youth, the way people work today, our ideologies… we are very different from the older generation.”

She went on to add, “This movie threw light on how this slightly older person comes into our life. In our culture, we have it in a different way. We have had uncles, aunties, grandparents who give you that old-world grounding and rooting we all need as we progress in this new age world. And we have this elderly person who has this knowledge and experience, but he is not being able to keep up with the digital age. It’s a beautiful, relevant story between two generations.”

Looks like this is one film everyone will be looking forward to.

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