Deepika Padukone is clearly one of the biggest Bollywood icons and for good reason. Ever since her breakout role in 2007’s Om Shanti Om, the actress has delivered one blockbuster after another, making her one of the most beloved celebrities in recent times. However, her ability to make bank is far from the only thing we love about Deepika. In fact, if we try to count the things we love about her, it wouldn’t even be in the top 100!
Deepika, who has now completed over 12 years in the film industry, isn’t stopping her trailblazing career anytime soon. Let’s celebrate that by looking back at all the times Deepika Padukone was the Queen of Bollywood:
When She Used Her Platform for the Greater Good
The actress and proud feminist has often used her time on stage to talk about issues such as the wage gap and mental illness. Deepika shared her own personal struggles with depression in a heartfelt interview with Barkha Dutt. She is even the founder of the Live Love Laugh Foundation that works to spread awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in India.
When She Wasn’t Afraid to Take a Risk
Making her debut opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika has definitely witnessed the glamorous side of Bollywood. It’s evident that she has no shortage of offers for big-budget films but the actress has proven that she’s willing to take a risk. She has put her heart into smaller yet equally amazing roles like in Homi Adajania‘s praised satire Finding Fanny (2014), Shoojit Sircar‘s Piku (2015), or the online short on feminism titled My Choice (2015).
When She Was The Most Gorgeous Bride
One of the biggest Bollywood events of 2018, Deepika’s marriage to equally renowned actor Ranveer Singh made headlines all over. The beloved couple was inseparable and Deepika didn’t fail to steal our hearts with every outfit she put on as the bride. It was a treat to see her having a blast instead of just being a blushing bride.
When She Was a Fashion Goddess
The only thing as beautiful as Deepika? Her breathtaking fashion sense, of course! From her ravishing red carpet looks to her smart street style, there’s nothing Deepika can’t pull off. She has appeared on tons of magazine covers and continues to supply us with #StyleGoals.
When She Gave Roger Federer a Run for His Money
It’s common knowledge that the daughter of international badminton player Prakash Padukone, Deepika knows a thing or two about badminton and has played the sport in national level championships herself. But as it turns out, the actress is just as good at tennis. In fact, she took to the court with Roger Federer and still managed to impress.
When She Shared Her Talents Outside Bollywood
Although Deepika has a long-running and promising career in Bollywood, she has also received her fair share of offers from Hollywood and even got John Travolta’s stamp of approval. She starred in the action film XXX: Return of Xander Cage opposite Vin Diesel as her first Hollywood project. She has also shown her support for international cinema and budding artists as the chairperson of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) which organizes the Mumbai Film Festival each year.
When She Chose To Begin The Decade With Chhapaak
There’s no denying that Deepika is a delight to watch on screen. She manages to amaze viewers with her charisma and her acting skills every time. Now, with the beginning of 2020, she has taken on another exciting role, this time in the much-awaited biopic based on the real-life acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal. Directed by Meghna Gulzar and also starring Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak is set to release on the 10th of January! Read more about the movie here.
When She Was Fearless
Amidst wide-spread protests around the country, masked goons entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in Delhi attacking students and teachers. The actress fearless showed her support for the injured students as she stood with them in solidarity at the campus.
If you want to kick off the decade watching Deepika Padukone do what she does best, don’t miss her in this inspiring story of resilience. Book your tickets for Chhapaak now!