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Bollywood Actresses Who Broke Stereotypes

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Ever since we were little, we were given a picture of how women should be because of how our Bollywood celebrities portrayed their perfect lives. However, while there are stars who do live the picture perfect life off screen as well as when on screen, there are others who know how to live life on their own terms, without bowing down to stereotypes and expectations. Check out the list here:

1. Rekha

While extremely controversial because of her affair with Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha has always been a strong force of nature. From her choice of clothing to the way she carries herself everywhere she goes, Rekha seems unfazed by all the controversy surrounding her life. Perhaps one of the reasons the media is so fascinated by this gorgeous actress is because of the way she carries herself and because she has never reacted to the rumours in a way which seems defaming or uncouth. She was also perhaps the initial few to set the path blazing for other celebrities to be just who they want.

2. Farah Khan

Loud and bold in every way possible, Farah Khan is Bollywood’s very own trend breaker. Not only did she marry when she wanted and to whom she wanted, Shirish Kunder, who is five years younger than her, she also gave birth to three children through IVF. Did you know she is the first Indian celebrity to have children through this process?

3. Konkana Sen Sharma

Despite our country being a part of the quickly moving forward 21st century, our thoughts  are still quite firmly embedded in the past. At a time when pregnancy wasn’t flaunted (even when one is married,) Konkana Sen Sharma did the unexpected. Not only did she tell the world she was pregnant, she also didn’t hide the fact that she had a baby before her wedding. If that isn’t gutsy, then what is?

4. Silk Smitha

A part of the adult film industry, Silk Smitha was one of the rare actresses who did only the kind of films she wanted and nothing else. Although she was ridiculed and hated by several people for her choice of films, she still refused to back down. Her open portrayal of women sexuality, Silk Smitha was an actress the likes of whom hadn’t been seen in the industry at that point. So famous was she that even today, people can’t stop appreciating her.

5. Suhasini Mulay

While some people follow patterns because they like to, others break it because they don’t care. Marathi actress Suhasini Mulay falls under the second category. Not only did she find her partner on Facebook, she also realised she couldn’t live without him and tied the knot with him at the grand old age of 60! This just shows that no matter what your age, if you truly love a person, you should go into the relationship all guns blazing!

Time and time again, we have actresses like these who come and break the mold, giving us the hope of wanting to break stereotypes and do things without being afraid. If you think we missed other actresses like these, comment and let us know!

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Dia Mirza Breaks Down At Jaipur Literature Festival

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Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in Jaipur.  It is said to be the world’s largest free literary festival. Every year, eminent personalities attend the festival to speak about current affairs and political trends.

Actress Dia Mirza attended the event this year and was speaking about climate change.  However, the actress broke down into tears in the middle of her speech. Upon being asked the reason for the tears, Dia Mirza said she was affected by the tragic demise of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash.

The actress delivered a message about the importance of being empathetic and said, “Don’t hold back from being an empath. Don’t be afraid of shedding your tears. Feel it, feel the full extent of everything. It’s good. It gives us strength. It does. And this is not a performance.”  

When offered a tissue to wipe her tears, the actress refused by saying, “I don’t need paper.”  This particular statement attracted trolls on Twitter, which compared her to a desi version of Greta Thunberg and pointed at how the actress did not mind attending the event in a petrol vehicle but refused tissues.

 

This edition of Jaipur Literature Festival had Faye D’Souza, Javed Akhtar, Lisa Ray and Manish Malhotra, to name a few, as speakers.

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Deepika Padukone Features In Louis Vuitton Pre Fall 2020 Campaign

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Louis Vuitton is a brand which is flaunted by the wealthiest individuals on the planet.  Wearing Louis Vuitton apparel is a style statement. It is an easily recognizable brand, thanks to its iconic initials ‘LV.’

The brand recently released its pre fall 2020 campaign and Deepika Padukone features in it.  She stars alongside the likes of Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner and American Horror Story star Emma Roberts.

This makes Deepika Padukone the first Bollywood star to feature in a global campaign by the iconic clothing brand and gives Deepika another unique accomplishment in her career.  The Bollywood star took to her Twitter to share the news with everyone.

 

The actress recently received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum held in Davos for her contributions towards mental health awareness.  She recently starred in the movie Chhapaak.  Deepika Padukone will next star as Romila Devi, the wife of Indian cricketing legend Kapil Dev, in the movie ’83.

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Deepika Padukone Speaks About Addressing Mental Health Issues At World Economic Forum

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Deepika Padukone is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood right now, but the outspoken actress did not have an easy journey to the top.  Deepika battled severe depression over the years and broke the silence about it after years when she finally overcame it. She was very vocal about the support of her colleague and husband Ranveer Singh in helping her overcome her depression.

Deepika Padukone also started The Live Love Laugh Foundation to help people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.  The actress once again spoke about the issue at the World Economic Forum (WEF,) which was held at Davos. WEF is “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”

The actress stressed on the importance of addressing mental health issues while building a more sustainable and inclusive world.

 

 

 

Deepika Padukone recently acted in a film, Chhapaak, which is about an acid attack survivor and how she rebuilds her life and eventually finds love.  The movie is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal.  

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas Stars In New Jonas Brothers Song What A Man Gotta Do

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The Jonas Brothers recently released a video of their new single What A Man Gotta Do, which recreates iconic scenes from the movies Say Anything, Grease and Risky Business.  The video also stars the wives of the Jonas brothers, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra recreate the Tom Cruise classic Risky Business scene where he slides on the floor and sings into a trophy.  Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas recreate the boombox scene from Say Anything and Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner recreate the dance off scene from Grease.

Priyanka Chopra announced the release of the video on her Twitter handle after releasing a teaser.

 

The video also features bloopers from the making of the song and behind the scenes shots of the song.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas recently finalised to star in the Russo Brothers’ international spy series Citadel, alongside Bodyguard and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.

 

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Deepika Padukone 34th Birthday – Best Films Of The Actress

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Deepika Padukone, one of the highest paid actresses in India, turns 34 today.  The actress has essayed multiple strong roles in her career so far. Her friends and fans showered birthday wishes on the various social media platforms where Deepika Padukone is very active.  Let us have a look at some of the best works of Deepika Padukone in her career so far.

 

Om Shanti Om (2007)

Om Shanti Om marked the debut of Deepika Padukone in Bollywood and featured her opposite Bollywood’s Baadshah, Shah Rukh Khan.  Deepika essayed an endearing performance in the movie as the actress Shanti and Sandy, a doppelganger of Shanti. Her performance in the film won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

 

Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)

Deepika Padukone played the role of Gayatri, one of the love interests in the life of Raj Sharma (Ranbir Kapoor.)  The film follows the life of Raj and the various women he meets at different stages of his life and how he ends up on bad terms with them.  Gayatri is the last woman Raj meets and she opens his eyes to the pain he caused to the previous women in his life, leading him on a journey to make amends with them.  Raj eventually ends up with Gayatri after his journey.

 

Love Aaj Kal (2009)

Love Aaj Kal is a comedy drama film starring Deepika Padukone opposite Saif Ali Khan.  The film is about two individuals with the outlook love is not supposed to tie the 2 people involved down.  After a mutual breakup, Meera (Deepika Padukone) and Jai (Saif Ali Khan) part ways. A restaurateur named Veer Singh manages to convince Jai to pursue Meera, who left for India, just like Veer Singh pursued the woman he loves, Harleen Kaur, in 1965.  The rest of the film follows how, years after their separation, Jai and Meera realize their feelings for each other are still alive and end up reuniting.

 

Cocktail (2012)

Deepika Padukone delivered a breakthrough performance in this film as Veronica, a free spirited girl who takes life as it comes.  The movie is about a love triangle between three characters—Veronica, Meera (Diana Penty) and Gautam (Saif Ali Khan.) Deepika’s performance in the film earned her a nomination for the Best Actress Award at the Filmfare Awards.

 

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

One of Deepika Padukone’s well known performances is her portrayal of Naina Talwar, a shy medical student who is an introvert but tries to be an extrovert.  On an impulsive decision, Naina chooses to go on a vacation and explore Manali with her friend Aditi (Kalki Koechlin.) Aditi is joined by her friends Kabir (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avinash (Aditya Roy Kapoor,) who are former classmates of Naina as well.  The rest of the film shows how Naina and Kabir fall in love, but move apart as Kabir puts his career first. They later end up meeting again at Aditi’s wedding after years.

 

Chennai Express (2013)

Chennai Express stars Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul Mithaiwala and Deepika Padukone as Meenamma, Rahul’s love interest.  Chennai Express follows the story of how Rahul accidentally boards the ‘Chennai Express,’ a train travelling to Rameswaram, where he meets Meenamma, the daughter of a local don in Tamil Nadu.  Meenamma is trying to flee a forced marriage when she meets Rahul. The rest of the story shows how Rahul realizes he loves Meenamma and how he ends up persuading Meenamma’s father and Tangaballi, the forced suitor, about his love.

 

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

This movie is an adaptation of the Shakespeare novel Romeo and Juliet.  Deepika Padukone plays the titular role of ‘Juliet’ in this movie, which is set in a village of Gujarat where two leading families endure a blood feud lasting 500 years.  Deepika’s portrayal as Leela, an opposing clan leader, won her the award for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.

 

Piku (2015)

This comedy drama movie starred Deepika Padukone as a headstrong architect, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan.  Deepika’s performance in the film won her another award for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards, taking her total tally to two.

 

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Bajirao Mastani is a period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is based on the Marathi novel Rau, which narrates the story of Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife Mastani, whose role was played by Deepika Padukone in the film.  Deepika Padukone learnt sword fighting, Kathak, horse riding and the traditional martial art Kalaripayattu for Bajirao Mastani.

 

 Padmaavat (2018)

Padmaavat is another period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and was based on the story of Padmavati, a Rajput queen, whose role was essayed by Deepika Padukone.  The movie is about how Alauddin Khilji, a Mughal emperor, sees Rani Padmavati and is smitten by her, only to be rebuked by her when he confesses his desire.  The rest of the movie shows how an enraged Alauddin Khilji attacks her kingdom to win her by force and how the Rajput women commit jauhar, a ritual mass suicide, to deny Alauddin Khilji his wish.

 

Deepika Padukone also appeared in XXX: Return Of Xander Cage, a Hollywood film, alongside Vin Diesel.  Her latest project, Chhapaak, is scheduled to be released on 10th January, 2020.

Here’s wishing Deepika Padukone a very happy 34th birthday.

 

 

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