Lauded for her bravado of opening up about her battle with depression, despite the stigma attached to it, actress Deepika Padukone has now found a place in an upcoming children’s book, The Dot That Went For A Walk. Written by Lakshmi Nambiar, Reema Gupta and Sarada Akkineni, the book tells distinguishing narratives of 51 accomplished Indian women — right from Rani Laxmibai to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and IAS officer Kiran Bedi — so as to introduce the concept of women power to kids from an early stage.
The book will reportedly include illustrations of the protagonists by 51 artists from across the country. It is being reported that Deepika’s illustration has been created by Ritu Bhattacharya. In an interview with Mid-day, author Lakshmi revealed that Deepika was a natural fit for the book as she was one of the first to break the taboo around depression. “We zeroed in on the 51 names by asking our daughters and their friends who their role models were. From the acting community, Deepika emerged as a unanimous choice. When we dug deeper, we found that what inspired them about her is her honesty and willingness to talk about her vulnerabilities. By sharing her journey bravely with the world, she showed the younger generation that a healthy dialogue is needed as much on mental fitness as on physical fitness,” said Lakshmi.
On the other hand, writer Sarada shared that not just was Deepika insightful but also forthcoming while discussing her chapter in the year-long course of developing the book. Sarada said, “We interacted with Deepika for our story. She will be present at our book launch.”
The book is set to release next week. On the professional front, Deepika will soon start shooting for her upcoming film Chhapak. The film will be directed by Meghna Gulzar and also features Vikrant Massey and is based on acid-attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal.