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Deepika Padukone

By Dr. Ashley William Joseph

President & Resident Conductor – Indian National Symphony Orchestra
Chairman, William Joseph Music Foundation
Director 100-year old Bangalore Musical Association

A hard worker, simple soul and who knew what she always wanted to do was Deepu.

Firstly, I am so proud of the way Deepu has grown up in life and on screen too. It feels good that one of my students is now India’s superstar.

Deepika or Deepu, as I call here, was my student for over 7 years in Bangalore. She was not only a good sportsperson but brilliant on stage too, be it dancing, singing or acting. She was also part of the Sophia Brass Ensemble and Choir which was the best in the country. I can still remember her beautiful Soprano Voice singing in the Choir. I do hope one day I would get to work on her voice again and she brings out her own album.

For those who don’t know, Deepu has a lovely elegant voice and I do wish to see her using that singing voice again. As for musical productions, the last one Deepu did with me Directing was ‘Fiddler on the Roof’- one of the most famous Broadway productions that was a big hit in Bangalore.Coming from a famous family, Deepika was humble and simple which was such a beautiful trait in her.

Rewind to the year 2002, some of my old students were putting up a dance drama and wanted me to help them clean it up. None other than Deepu was a part of the Dance team.
A hard worker, simple soul who knew what she always wanted to do was Deepika. I am still trying to remember the day when she did not have a smile on her face. Deepu, you have reached the stars, you have achieved it all, remember you do not need to prove anything to anyone, just live your dream and continue reaching for the stars. You are already that beautiful star in the sky.

It is your hard work and dedication that has made you what you are today. As you start this new chapter in your life being married, just remember that the roads are always not smooth, negotiate each curve and the steep climb with love and utmost care, there is always that happiness in your destination.As your beloved teacher, I will always be there for you, to lend support in whatever way you require.

For the little child in you, I would say- Happy Children’s day to you Deepu and God bless you for all that you do.

Much love.

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 37 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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