Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone: 5 roles by DP that prove her mettle
By Sakshi Verma
Global star Deepika Padukone turned 37 today. On this occasion, birthday wishes have been pouring in from all corners of the world. She is one of the highest-paid actors in India, and her accolades include three Filmfare best actor Awards.
Padukone has given several iconic roles in 13 years of her acting career, and the actor does not shy away to wear flaws on her sleeves.
From being the only Indian to be a brand ambassador of Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Levi’s to having her Madame Tussauds wax statue with the elitists, the actor has several feathers on her cap.
As Deepika Padukone celebrates her 37th birthday, we bring to you 5 promising roles that only DP could have pulled off.
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Tara in Tamasha
The film that went unnoticed at the time of its release but is now the highest-regarded film for Bollywood lovers, Tamasha is a once-in-a-lifetime film. Just as the actors say, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor were lucky to have been chosen by Imtiaz Ali to play the character of Tara and Ved.
While Kapoor gave his career-best performance in Tamasha, Padukone brought the much-needed anchor ship to the film. Tamasha is a film that everyone can relate to at some point in their life and the credit goes to both the lead actors.
Padukone’s character’s rawness and the emotions in her eyes was the highlight of the film, like literally, people could just look into her eyes and know what was Tara going through.
Deepika Padukone in and as Piku
A daughter dealing with her father’s constipation seems like a fun story, but it was Padukone who added emotions and swing to that character. A woman hailing from Kolkata to be living in Delhi and dealing with her father’s constipation and uncalled for critical approach is Piku’s theme.
An actor like Padukone to be picking up a character like Piku, that too after heavy-handed films like Bajirao Mastani and Ram Leela was a smart choice.
The character is still regarded as one of the most-layered characters played on screen and DP’s work in Piku was widely appreciated by critics as well as the audience. She also ended up winning the Filmfare award for Best Actor that year.
Mastani Bai in Bajirao Mastani
After Ram Leela, not only fans but even Padukone wanted to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali only because the audience thought the Om Shanti Om actor could pull off a historical character after seeing her as Leela.
And the actor didn’t disappoint the audience. Bajirao Mastani! the grand ethereal Bollywood film, with prominent actors like Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Milind Soman, and many others proved Padukone’s mettle once again.
With the traumas that Mastani was going through, the hardships that she had to deal with, and the non-acceptance the character received, the star made it her own. From deadly sword fights to impactful dialogues, she got everything absolutely spot on in this film.
Veronica in Cocktail
The actor, who hails from Bangalore made a mark on the big screen with a Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan, after a few flops and turn around in her personal life, Deepika Padukone’s Cocktail turned out to be a game changer for her. The role of Veronica not only established her as a capable actor but also opened the gate for Padukone in women-centric films.
The way she portrayed Veronica’s emotions on screen, made the audience fall for her pain. The actor was also credited for dealing with her character’s mental issues very well.
Shanti and Sandhya (Sandy) in and Om Shanti Om
To all those who are wondering why with films like Chhapaak, Padmavat, Ram Leela, Chennai Express, and Gehrayiyan in her kitty, Om Shanti Om in this list, please look back at Deepika Padukone walking out of that yellow taxi in pink lehenga waving at us and letting the world know that she has arrived.
An actor like Padukone deserved a grand debut like Om Shanti Om opposite one and only Shah Rukh Khan. The film had both actors in double roles and Padukone nailed both the roles of Shanti and Sandhya. She brought much-needed calmness to Shanti’s character, while the actor seemed to have a fun time playing Sandy.
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