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Deepika Padukone

By Meghna Gulzar

Girl-Woman…

It was a moment of serendipity when I asked for a meeting with Deepika. I had had many conversations with myself that she just may not be interested in doing the kind of film that I was taking to her. And she wasn’t.

She was looking to do something lighter after three intense films. But I didn’t have a light, romantic script for her.

My film was based on acid violence.

Of a woman who epitomized immense courage and strength, in the face of crippling adversity.

It felt like a perfect fit.

Deepika took on the film, the character, and me, in a heartbeat.

She humours me that it is because of a scene where she gets to eat kairi with salt and red chilli powder.

In the words of American Writer Minna Antrim –

“A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul.”

Deepika is all these women.

And within them, a feisty girl-child at heart, who is going to relish eating that kairi!

 

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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