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When Deepika Padukone made her stunning debut with Shahrukh Khan in “Om Shanti Om,” she instantly stole my heart. Her grace, smile, and flawless acting as “Dream Girl” Shanti truly blew me away. From then on, Padukone remained my favorite actress. Although she took up more serious gigs like “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Lafangay Parinday” in the following years, she remained India’s “Dream Girl.”
Why has she held on to the title of “Dream Girl?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, let’s take a moment to appreciate this lovely, award-winning actress with this list of top 6 reasons to love Deepika Padukone.
1. Acting Versatility
Besides her grace and charm, Padukone remains our generation’s most talented actress. Although her initial years were stocked with generic roles, she pulled through—and today, she’s a self-made woman. The award-winning actress stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the most versatile actresses in the industry with game-changing roles. Padukone has done it all, from the sexy, wild-child in “Cocktail,” to the nerdy girl-next-door in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” and even the assertive and intense daughter in “Piku.”
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It has been quite the successful journey since her start as “Om Shanti Om’s” Shanti. Her transformational ability to take her performances to a next level never fails to amaze. In every single of her films, Padukone gives a plethora of ranging characters that leave the audience even more in love with her than before.
Not only is Padukone one of the most gifted and hardworking actress in the industry, she is the most socially aware. Unlike many other actresses, Padukone never tries to hide behind a facade or her problems: she speaks about them openly. An example of this is her open discussion about her battles with depression. Padukone also goes on to develop more social awareness about depression, which is a rarity in a society where items like Fair and Lovely continue to dominate markets and encourage discrimination.
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Padukone also recently headlines when Times of India, a leading news source in India, posted a video of her cleavage. To this, Padukone responded in an open letter that moved many where she stated, “instead of zooming in, circling it [cleavage] and pointing arrows at it, why don’t we give her some ‘respect’ and let it go instead of making it ‘headlines’!? Are we not human? Yes, we marvel, envy and drool over a male actors 8-pack-abs in a film, but do we zoom in on the man’s ‘crotch’ when he makes a public appearance and make that ‘cheap headlines’??!!”
That should be more than enough for you to fall in love with Padukone for her spunk and guts!
3. Home is Where the Heart is
In interviews all around the world, Bollywood actresses express their desires to someday work in Hollywood. Some, like Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, begin their journey to Hollywood success by doing small roles and guest appearances. For others, (actually just Padukone) Hollywood pursues them. While Padukone began filming “Chennai Express” with co-star Shahrukh Khan, she was offered a role in the next addition of the “Fast and Furious” series, which she politely declined due to her devotion and commitment to her Indian fans.
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She’s a true desi girl! Can you say heart eyes emoji?
4. Her Sporty Finesse
“I try and work out as often as possible,” Padukone said. “Since I travel very often, it becomes very difficult to have a daily workout routine, but I practice yoga every day or try and play some sport. Also, I am very aware of what suits my body in terms of food and exercise.”
Perhaps the most surprising fact about Padukone is that she is a badminton champion, which makes her literally perfect. The stereotypical drive and confidence often exhibited by sportsmen and women are present within her as well: she plays hard and works hard.
5. Her Outstanding Professionalism
When people break up in relationships, they often resent one another and regard each other with animosity. Padukone, however, proves this fact false! After her giant breakup with Ranbir Kapoor was plastered on every magazine cover, she continued to take on movies with him and remained poised and professional.
She never talked down to him or deprecated him: when publicly questioned in interviews, she simply stated that they weren’t right for one another—and that it is perfectly okay.
6. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are Literally #RelationshipGoals
Everyone in the world is gushing over the adorable magic that is Padukone and Singh. From their public appearances together to their chemistry in “Ram Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani,” fans can’t get enough.
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You’ll spend hours googling them without realization (I know I did). For example, Singh reportedly joined Padukone on the sets of films like “Happy New Year” and “Race 2,” as well as spending a little too much time on the set of “Tamasha.” Padukone reunites with ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in “Tamasha,” and we hear Singh was on set cheering for his girl after every take and remained her support system throughout the film. After the “Bajirao Mastani” shooting Padukone and Singh posted a video of Padukone finally getting rid of that Bajirao mustache!
In fact, this past Valentine’s day when Padukone flew to Canada to film her Hollywood debut, “XXX” alongside Vin Diesel, Singh surprised her to get some quality time together! Let’s not forget the time these two cuties both won IIFA Awards, they also just bagged the best actor and actress awards at the 2016 Zee Cine Awards! Success in a relationship as well as a career? Can you say relationship goals?
All in all, Padukone is a fantastic, beautiful, and confident woman who wholly represents the modern Indian with a balance of class and professionalism. Power to Padukone for being a poised, lovely and stylish superstar—who never fails to disappoint. She has challenged herself and grown stronger as an actress with each role, whether it is as Mohini in “Happy New Year” or as Meenamma in “Chennai Express.”
Her adorable dimples and beautiful eyes, alongside her radiating personality, make her one of the most valued Bollywood actresses who continues to rock the world. I can’t wait to see how she does in her Hollywood debut!