A source close to Deepika says, "Aamir and Raju (Hirani) held a screening of the film for IIM Bangalore students. The film was shot on their campus. Deepika's parents had seen the film the day it released. They SMSed Raju and Aamir, conveying how much they had liked the film. In fact, when Aamir was shooting for 3 Idiots in Bangalore, Deepika's dad had played some sets with the students and Aamir at the campus."
"That's when Raju called Prakash and invited him over for the screening at IIM. Deepika was supposed to be shooting in Goa but her shoot got cancelled. Raju learnt about the development and called up Prakash and insisted that Deepika join them as well. Apart from Aamir and Raju sir, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were also present. Deepika saw the film for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it," said the source.
Deepika says that 3 Idiots reiterates what her dad taught her. "Dad would always tell my sister and me that we should choose a profession we loved passionately. He never forced me to take up badminton."