Sun. Dec 3rd, 2023

A badminton player, a model, an actor, a performer, an activist – Deepika Padukone has worn quite a few hats in her 29 short years. You know what stands out about this Bollywood superstar? Her hunger to excel in whatever she does.

In a time and age when Bollywood female actors don’t hide their brains behind their beauty (Sonakshi Sinha weighing in on the weight issue, Parineeti Chopra giving a biology lesson to an erring journo and Vidya Balan being categorical about her sexuality), Deepika still stands out for the issues she takes up and the grace and poise with which she does it. And then she goes ahead and delivers hits after hits, earning acting accolades in the process. Filmmaker Ayan Mukherji, who has directed her in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, sums up her journey in this testosterone-fuelled world of male actors, “Deepika isn’t just an accessory in her films.”