Here’s why you may not see Deepika Padukone soon in any Bollywood film, post ‘Padmaavat’

The response to ‘Padmaavat’ has made Deepika think twice about the kind of movies she wants to do in the future.

While some suggest that its her back/neck problem that is delaying things, others say that she is keeping herself free to get married to Ranveer Singh.

However, there are professional reasons to it.

First is that Deepika is no longer keen to do big-banner movies with top heroes playing the conventional leading lady. The script has to offer her as much to do as the male protagonist, to get her interested.

Secondly, she wants her remuneration to be on par with the leading male heroes.


Read: Deepika Padukone was paid more than Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor for Padmaavat

I guess, at this stage of her career, she deserves both; and it makes sense to wait for a script that will offer her both – good role as well as money.

Deepika Padukone to play mafia queen Sapna Didi, who almost killed Dawood Ibrahim

Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan who worked together in ‘Piku’ will be seen together in Vishal Bhardwaj’s next film. Deepika will play feared female don, Rahima Khan aka Sapna Didi, who’s known for almost killing Dawood Ibrahim.

The female don had executed the plan of killing Dawood Ibrahim to seek revenge of her husband’s death. Vishal, who is penning the script of the film, is taking inspiration from Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’.

The filming will commence after Deepika finishes Padmavati.

“My debut in Hollywood doesn’t make Priyanka Chopra and me professional rivals,” says Deepika

Deepika Padukone’s debut Hollywood film ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ did decent business at the box office. More importantly it marked Deepika’s debut in Hollywood, and she is now eyeing bigger Hollywood films.

However, the young actress is now being compared with Priyanka Chopra, with several entertainment magazines saying the two are now professional rivals, because they are the only ones (females) from India to work in Hollywood.

However, Deepika begs to differ.

“Priyanka Chopra and I are not professional rivals. I have known her for many years and she is like a friend to me. We are not professional rivals, we never were. So, why should we be now, after I have made my Hollywood debut (with XXX: Return of Xander Cage), says Deepika.

Watch: xXx: Return of Xander Cage trailer featuring Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone.

‘Mastani’ Deepika Padukone: The Superstar

Deepika Padukone is one of the leading actresses, and also one of the most beautiful women in the industry. She will soon be seen in a Hollywood film as well.

Deepika Padukone in Ram Leela With a string of super-hits under her belt, Deepika Padukone has emerged as the new superstar of Bollywood

Om Shanti Om (Debut film of Deepika Padukone) was a box-office success but not many expected her to come such a long way, since then.

Watch: Deewani Mastani Song from Bajirao Mastani

The Initial Struggle

Like most other superstars in Bollywood (whose first film did well, and then they really had to struggle before they became superstars), even Deepika seems to be following a similar path.

Films like ‘Break Ke Baad’ (Imran Khan), ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ (Farhan Akhtar), ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ (Abhishek Bachchan) and ‘Lafangey Parindey’ (Neil Nitin Mukesh), in which Deepika starred, did little to establish her as an actor.

However, experienced filmmakers were still interested to work with the actress, and knew that it was just a matter of time before she would deliver big hits. ‘Aarakshan’ and ‘Desi Boyz’ were better, but still not enough.

Journey Towards Stardom

But it all seems to be changing for the leggy lass now!

And it started with ‘Cocktail’, where she played a heady mix i-don’t-care attitude and ultra-modern avatar of Veronica. The movie showcased Deepika in various shades, which allowed her to show her true talent. And probably it was the first time that people in the industry started acknowledging her ‘acting’ skills.

The films that followed only increased her stature with every release.

Deepika Padukone

The multi-starrer ‘Race 2’ was a bit hit, and despite having several actors, Deepika sizzled…
‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani’ (with ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor) turned out to be a blockbuster, where she played the girl next-door…
‘Chennai Express’ with SRK smashed all records, and she was appreciated for her looks, the thick accent, and her spirited performance…

And the recently released ‘Ram Leela’ only confirms her as the new superstar.

Huge Foreign Fan Following

Though our superstars are hounded by fans wherever they go, it rarely happens that one is approached by more foreigners (than Indians) for autographs. When Deepika last toured USA and Europe with her parents and sister for vacation, there were many foreigners who wanted to click photographs with her. People from Germany, Japan and other countries, in addition to several NRIs, wanted to pose with her.

She is one of the few actors in Bollywood who has plenty of brand endorsements in addition to movies on her plate. And she is also one of the more professional stars, who is ready to shoot for 14-15 hours a day (without complaining) to wrap up her assignments.

Deepika Padukone made her debut as a fashion designer with Van Heusen Woman’s ‘Limited Edition’ collection, this campaign was shot in Milan, Italy
Deepika Padukone

What next?

She has already worked with superstar Rajinikanth in ‘Kochadaiyyan’, and for the third time will be seen with Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’.

Deepika Padukone, it seems, is here to stay. I’m not sure what Kareena, Katrina & Priyanka have to say about her.

Dips goes braless for Vogue India cover shoot
Deepika Padukone graced the cover of Vogue India’s June issue in a black and white checkered bikini bottoms and a men’s white dress shirt unbuttoned – revealing that she is not wearing a bra. Read more here…