India, July 13 -- A film that reintroduced actor Deepika Padukone to her fans was Cocktail (2012). As the uninhibited and emotionally raw Veronica in the film, the actor moved away from girl-next-door roles into a performance considered one of her best. As it clocks nine years today, Padukone remembers the role which is very close to her heart.

"I've always believed while you put a little part of yourself in every character you play, you also carry a part of that character with you forever. Veronica will always be one of the most special characters I've played; one that changed a lot for me professionally and impacted me personally," she says.

So does she believe Veronica was a turning point for her Bollywood career, which started with Om...