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Deepika Padukone

By Diana Penty

 

Deepika Padukone was one of my firsts.

As my first co-actor in my first ever film, she made quite an impact, allaying my fears and giving me a memorable initiation into a world I had no clue about. It’s important to remember that I was young, a professional model, who was suddenly plunged into a new universe that was filled with so many unknowns. Deepika had many films under her belt by then, a rising star and yet she was so warm, with a smile that always made you feel welcome and part of the crew.

I remember on one of the very first days of shoot, which was in London, I was sitting alone in my hotel room when I received a message from Deepika asking me to join her for dinner. When I met her later that evening, I realized that Saif, Homi, Dinoo and a few others were there… she went out of her way to make me feel included. We soon became 2 DP’s in the same pod! I learnt from her too – always the consummate professional, Deepika’s discipline was exemplary… she was never late for shoot and no matter when we packed up, she would always find a way to make it to the gym among many other things. I also remember watching in jaw dropping awe, how she transformed herself into Veronica, a character that was not anything like her personally. I truly was blown away.

I am still blown away when I see her transform into the many memorable characters she has created on screen and just how brave she has been both personally and professionally. Her smile still remains just as warm and to me she will always be the Veronica to my Meera.

Biography

Deepika Padukone is a world-renowned actress, fashion icon and mental health ambassador from India.

Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton world champion. Deepika too was a national-level badminton player until she gave up the sport at the age of 16 to pursue her love for acting. And the rest as they say, is history!

In 2005,Deepika moved from Bangalore where she grew up, to Mumbai,the heart of India’s film industry. Starting with her first movie in 2007, she has over the last decade, acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several awards including 3 Filmfare awards and 8 Filmfare nominations for her iconic performances. Many of her films also rank among the highest grossing films of all time.

One of the biggest brands on Social Media, Deepika enjoys an enormous digital footprint of more than 100 million users. Deepika is accounted as the Most Followed Asian Woman on Twitter, with over 26 Million followers. Currently at 43 Million followers on Instagram, she is the most mentioned name on the platform in India.

With a staggering reach of 1.5 billion global users on an average every month, Deepika has been credited as the most searched female celebrity in India.

She has been named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes magazine has listed her amongst the 10 highest-paid actresses in the world!

In 2014, Deepika was diagnosed with clinical depression and sought professional help to aid her recovery.

In June 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, a not-for-profit that aims to champion the cause of mental health awareness in India with a specific focus on stress, anxiety and depression.

Deepika has been touted as one of Indian Cinema’s most loved and successful actresses till date and her achievements have made her one of the country’s biggest role models for the youth in recent times.

With her talent, commitment, dedication, discipline and hard work, Deepika Padukone has already achieved iconic status even though her journey has only just begun.

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At the peak of her career in 2014, Deepika Padukone started feeling low, empty and directionless. She experienced a sick, pit-ish feeling in her stomach for days on end. On seeking help from mental health professionals, she was diagnosed with depression and soon after, began treatment. While researching her own illness she was exposed to two stark realities –  Mental illness was a taboo topic in India like elsewhere in the world,  and the lack of information and stigma associated with mental illness made it difficult for those who are suffering to seek the help they need. She sought to change this. On New Year’s Day…
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