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Deepika Padukone

By Imtiaz Ali

She got off the car at the hotel porch and looked at me. I immediately knew that this is the girl I have come to meet. She also immediately knew that I am the director she had come to meet because she had those eyes, that looked as if they know. 

None of Deepika’s movies had released till then. I had come to meet her for Rockstar. I wanted her for Rockstar but the movie did not get made till many years later. I worked with her in other movies. 

Many things happened over many years at many places, all of which I might forget, but I will never forget the girl who stepped out of the car at the hotel and looked at me as if she knew.

Biography

Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress, daughter of the world-renowned badminton player Prakash Padukone. At 16, Deepika, who was playing National level Badminton, gave her passion for acting a chance, independently moved to Mumbai and is today a powerful brand in herself.

Her acting journey in Bollywood commenced with Om Shanti Om in 2007, a film that brought national recognition to her and won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Post this, she acted in close to 30 movies across genres, many of which rank among the highest grossing Indian films. In 2017, she also made her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage which received critical & commercial success.

Known to be the highest paid actress, she played the role of Rani Padmini in Padmaavat, which set new a benchmark for a woman-led film to have crossed the milestone of Rs. 300 crores at the box office!

Deepika’s global dominance in the field of art, entrepreneurial affiliations and tenacious voice towards mental health make her arguably the biggest youth role model in India which is corroborated in her social media strength, making her one of the Most Followed Asians in the World.

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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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