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.
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.
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 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.
Sonam Kapoor Advocates Empowering Women Ahead Of Women’s Day
Sonam Kapoor is a notable Bollywood icon who is known for supporting social causes like breast cancer awareness and LGBTQ equality. Sonam Kapoor, in a recent post on Instagram advocated for women empowerment, with a picture from her latest photoshoot.
Sharing her thoughts in the post Sonam Kapoor says she cannot be the poor little rich girl anymore nor should she feel sorry for herself. Speaking more about empowerment, Sonam said she needs to make harder choices in order to pave the future way for women after her. That is the reason why her whole team consists of women and why she also voices the need to cut down thousands of years of deep rooted patriarchy.
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“You can’t just be the poor little rich girl or feel sorry for yourself – no. I have to make those harder choices and pave the way for other women after me. My whole team are women – and we need to lift each other up. There are thousands of years of patriarchy to cut through.” Read the full article by clicking the link in bio. For @harpersbazaararabia! Editor in Chief @oliviaphillipbazaar Photographer @ericguillemainphoto Fashion Director @anna_castan Jewellery @bulgari Dress @bazzaalzouman Make up @artinayar Hair @alpakhimani Set Designer: @styleisnecessity
In another post Sonam Kapoor posted “For me, female empowerment is very important, especially because I’m from a side of the world where women have always been second class citizens (sic.)”
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“For me, female empowerment is very important, especially because I’m from a side of the world where women have always been second-class citizens.” Read the full article by clicking the link in bio. For @harpersbazaararabia, The Heroine Issue, March 2020 Editor in Chief @oliviaphillipbazaar Photographer @ericguillemainphoto Fashion Director @anna_castan Jewellery @bulgari Dress @giambattistavalliparis Make up @artinayar Hair @alpakhimani Set Designer: @styleisnecessity
This post comes just a few days before the International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrate womanhood all across the world.
Sonam Kapoor is well known for memorable supporting role performances in movies like Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013,) Pad Man (2018,) and Veere Di Wedding (2018.) Sonam is perhaps well known for her role as Neerja Bhanot in the biopic Neerja (2016.) Sonam Kapoor was last seen in The Zoya Factor where she starred alongside Dulquer Salmaan.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas Set To Join Matrix 4
Priyanka Chopra Jonas established herself as a credible actress in Bollywood and is also steadily signing Hollywood films as well. The actress already appeared in Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?
Priyanka Chopra Jonas last appeared in the Bollywood movie The Sky Is Pink, which was a hit and earned positive reviews from critics. The actress will now reportedly join The Matrix franchise and will have a major role in The Matrix 4. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who already starred in the previous three installments, will also be a part of The Matrix 4.
The Matrix franchise is a series of movies created and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. The series is about a world created by machines (viruses) which imprison mankind in virtual reality (The Matrix,) so they can be farmed as power sources. The franchise earned widespread acclaim owing to its storyline, characters and VFX.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also set to star in the television show Citadel opposite Richard Madden. Priyanka Chopra Jonas also recently completed shooting for Netflix’s The White Tiger, in which she will be seen alongside Rajkummar Rao.
On the other hand, The Matrix 4 is set to be released in 2021.
Dia Mirza Breaks Down At Jaipur Literature Festival
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.
#WATCH Actor Dia Mirza breaks down while speaking at the ‘climate emergency’ session during Jaipur Literature Festival; she says, “Don’t hold back from being an empath”. (27.1.20) pic.twitter.com/fyAgH3giL9
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2020
This edition of Jaipur Literature Festival had Faye D’Souza, Javed Akhtar, Lisa Ray and Manish Malhotra, to name a few, as speakers.
Deepika Padukone Features In Louis Vuitton Pre Fall 2020 Campaign
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.
I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Louis Vuitton family!To be a part of Nicholas Ghesquière’s vision for the world’s most iconic brand is not only exciting but also very humbling!
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 23, 2020
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.
Deepika Padukone Speaks About Addressing Mental Health Issues At World Economic Forum
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.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 20, 2020
Thank You @DrTedros for your warmth and generosity and we look to working together in our efforts to de-stigmatise mental illness and creating awareness regarding mental health.@TLLLFoundation @WHO https://t.co/hxxQlWAVPo
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 21, 2020
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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