Deepika Padukone – The lady with a will to succeed

by parineeti lal

The tallest among Bollywood heroines at 5’9” and tastefully dressed whenever in a saree, Deepika Padukone is not only blessed with extremely good looks but also a fun-loving nature as well. One who has seen many hurdles and major setbacks in the initial phase of her life, she has developed into becoming a very strong-willed and determined person, a fairly good actress in her own right and commercially achieving enormous success through becoming one of the three highest ever female gross earners at the box-office.

Having been groomed for cinema early on, it was sheer effort and discipline on her part that put the once National level badminton player and then model to the place that she deservedly occupies today.

Being a model gives an outlook and the advantage of working with all nature of designs, which she has put to good use. You have just to see the way she appears in a saree to understand what I mean.

Unnati Silks can provide sarees of the same variety that Deepika Padukone is seen in

Badminton player – model – actress

Deepika was born in Copenhagen and raised in Bangalore. Her father Prakash Padukone was a National level badminton player who also played at the international level to win a championship or two. Deepika herself being attracted to badminton since many others in the family before her were attracted to the sport, also played at the National level. Though she did well at the National level in Badminton and Basketball at state level when she was studying in school she did not relish continuing forever in sport. Her interest turned towards modeling which she was already aware of at age 8 when she did a couple of assignments.

In her tenth grade she decided to become a model. In 2004 she joined Prasad Bidapa for a full-time career and joined her aunty in Mumbai in 2005. At 21 she was a model with very many modeling assignments including the famous Kingfisher calendar in 2006. Fashion Designer Wendell Rodricks noticed her in a few assignments and recommended her for films through somebody.

See Deepika in lovely sarees.

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Deepika & Bollywood

Though she started her filmy career with a Kannada movie opposite Upendra in ‘Aishwarya’ she was taken by Farah Khan for her Om Shanti Om in 2007. Initially she needed dubbing and lessons in acting, but Deepika was made of stern stuff and started her self-grooming through observing other caliber actors of yesteryear cinema.

She started getting paired with popular lead actors of the day and soon with film after film she kept on developing to get into a mould of her own. She had humility to learn and the eagerness to succeed that kept on giving her a successful film here, a commercial hit there.

It was a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs but Lady Luck was smiling down upon her and soon she began getting blockbusters where she was the main female protagonist and the films succeeded. She merited recognition as a bankable star.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela in 2013 fetched her Filmfare Award for Best Actress. In 2013, Padukone had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema by featuring in four of the top-grossing productions of the year. Starting as a leading lady in Cocktail, Race-2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Happy New Year, Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela, Piku, all boosted her career no end. And then came the blockbuster Baji Rao Mastani, opposite her real life husband Ranveer Singh that put her as one of the highest paid female commercial stars ever in Bollywood.

Following this huge success was Padmavat which had a lot of off-screen controversy because of the initial title, finally put her in a niche spot of her own. Today with the confidence of a supportive husband, she has been able to produce a movie like Chapaak and also acted in the title role of an acid attack survivor. Chapaak which is based on a real-life story.

In 2014, Padukone had featured opposite Rajinikanth in the Tamil film Kochadaiiyaan, a period drama that was shot using motion capture technology. She was paid Rs. 30 million (US$420,000) for two days worth of work in it.

In Homi Adajania’s satire Finding Fanny, Padukone played a young widow who takes a road trip with her dysfunctional friends (played by Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur) in search of a woman named Fanny. The film was screened at the 19th Busan International Film Festival.

Let us see how she looks in her movies.

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Her contribution to Society

Padukone is the founder of the Live Love Laugh Foundation, which creates awareness on mental health in India. In a 2015 interview, Padukone spoke about her personal experience of overcoming depression, and in October that year she formed a foundation to create awareness on mental health in India and named it The Live Love Laugh Foundation.

Vocal about issues such as feminism and depression, Padukone has been outspoken on these issues and has said, “New feminism isn’t about being aggressive; it’s about reaching the top yet being soft. It’s about being you – feminine, strong and full of will power.”

The following year, she launched a campaign named More Than Just Sad to assist general physicians in their treatment of patients suffering from depression or anxiety. Also in 2016, the foundation teamed with Facebook and the AASRA organisation to launch multilingual tools and educational resources in Facebook’s networking site to support people with suicidal tendencies.

Padukone became the brand ambassador for the NGO Indian Psychiatric Society and on her foundation’s first anniversary, the two organisations collaborated to launch the video and poster campaign #DobaraPoocho dedicated to victims and survivors of depression. The World Economic Forum presented her with the Crystal Award in 2020 for creating awareness on mental health.

She also participates in stage shows, has written columns for a newspaper, designed her own line of clothing for women, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.

Check out some of Deepika Padukone’s designer sarees

Unnati Silks has a lovely collection of designer sarees you could buy just for your wearing pleasure.

What the Media said about Deepika Padukone

  • The journalist Vir Sanghvi, in 2013, described Padukone as “strong, someone who makes up her own mind, [and] has motivation within herself. She is particularly known in the media as a professional, disciplined performer, whose “work takes precedence over everything else.”
  • A reviewer for Rediff.com described her personality as “simple,” “grounded,” and “accessible,” and wrote, “She takes criticism in her stride, acknowledges her limitations and strives to work hard at getting better. She handles praise with equal composure.”
  • Ayan Mukerji (the director of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) considers her to be “a woman who will flirt with you but you will love to take her home to meet your mom as well.”
  • Padukone has maintained a Twitter account since 2010, and launched an official Facebook page in 2013. She is the most followed Asian woman on Twitter.

See Deepika Padukone in her sarees at various events.

Unnati Silks

Unnati caters to women products, it’s vision is women-centric, aware and acknowledging that the backbone of the handloom industry lies in the dedicated and devoted hands of a vast majority of females who not only keep the tradition alive but keep the fires in their homes going too.

Unnati Silks also believes that it needs a market that acknowledges and appreciates the worth of handlooms and the effort of the humble weaver.

Bridging the gap Unnati Silks anticipates, innovates and provides with a strong belief that each and every customer is special and requires that something, which is unique, refreshing, fashionable and of quality.

This has thereby created for it, a sizable domestic market from across the country and overseas.  Having a product range that is as varied as it is vast, hand woven and handcrafted, the devotion and dedication of talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states of India comes through in the products on display. Having the Handloom Mark and Silk Mark for most of its products, Unnati’s customers are assured a legitimate backing too, despite being assured original handloom products of worth from 1980, when it first started.

Explore the wonderful range of Unnati Silks handloom & designer sarees of differing variety in silk cotton and other fibres from across India

What Deepika Padukone is today

Padukone is considered among the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India.

After making a successful debut with Om Shanti Om, she featured in a series of films for which critics labelled her as “wooden” and “mocked her accent. In fact, she may have made a few unwise script calls and with the public blow up of her high profile relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika was written off by most critics. Credit to her much touted professionalism, that included dedication, discipline and perseverance, she simply bounced back.

  • Following the success of Cocktail, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Chennai Express, several media publications began crediting her as the most successful contemporary actress in India.
  • India Today featured her among the nation’s 50 most powerful people in 2017 and 2019.
  • The global edition of Forbes ranked her as the tenth highest-paid actress in the world in 2016 and in 2018, the magazine ranked her as the highest-earning woman celebrity in India.
  • In 2018, Time magazine named Padukone one of the 100 most influential people in the world; Variety magazine featured her in their list of the 50 most impactful women in the world, and the market research firm YouGov named her the world’s thirteenth most admired woman.
  • In the fitness book The Four-Week Countdown Diet, the actress was cited by Namita Jain as “the ultimate role model for a healthy, fit and active lifestyle.
  • Taking note of her dress sense, Filmfare credited her as one of the “few actresses who experiments with colours, cuts and silhouettes.
  • Padukone is an active endorser for several brands and products, including Tissot, Maybelline, Coca-Cola, and L’Oreal Paris, among others.

The list is too long to quote what very many others also said about Deepika Padukone.

We leave with a few more of Deepika’s wonderful collection of sarees, which we believe should help in selection, manner of draping, matching accessories and how to carry oneself effectively in spite or despite good height which at times could pose a problem.

Check out this video that shows Deepika in sarees with tips for her fans. The link is given below.

Deepika Padukone Saree Lookbook | designer sarees collection –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELt0eFB4ZkQ

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