Deepika Padukone is one lady who has never been afraid to talk about the lows in her life – be it her relationships, be it her box-office failures or be it her mental health issues. She is one celeb who has never portrayed stardom to be entirely hunky-dory. She has had the courage to embrace the truth, pull herself out of the lows and get back in the limelight. She has always been an inspiration.
5 Times Deepika Padukone showed us the way
From talking about depression to working with her ex to finding a foothold in Bollywood despite her parents not being too keen about her career choice, she has shown that it is only human to falter but you can always pick yourself up and move ahead.
1. Deepika openly speaks about depression
At that point, people had thought that it was some kind of well-thought-out PR move to talk about her depression. But in 2015 when Deepika Padukone came on TV to talk about the mental health issues she showed us how it is important to talk about depression and not shove it under the carpet. Since then a number of celebs like Anushka Sharma, Manisha Koirala, Varun Dhawan and more recently Parineeti Chopra went on to talk about depression. Karan Johar and Rishi Kapoor have both written in their autobiographies about their depression and how they dealt with it.
Deepika started The Live Laugh Love Foundation to spread awareness about depression, offer help to those suffering and conduct workshops in schools and institutions to do away with the stigma surrounding depression. She continues to take part in discussions and shows to build awareness and recently launched a series of lectures from the Foundation.
2. How she dealt with her ex
After her much-publicised relationship with Ranbir Kapoor came to an end people didn’t stop speculating what happens to her “R” tattoo on the nape now? (It’s another thing that the tattoo was destined to stay.) She handled everything with dignity although only once she faltered on Koffee With Karan when she implied that her ex was a playboy. But she once again showed that it is normal to hurt after a breakup and you do end up saying things about your ex if you are simmering inside.
But that didn’t stop her from being a thorough professional. In Bollywood people usually don’t work together after they have been in a relationship (read: Akshay-Priyanka, Kareena-Shahid, Shahid-Vidya, Kareena- Hrithik) but Deepika went ahead and worked with Ranbir Kapoor in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Tamasha. Now they are even doing an ad together for a paint brand.
At award functions you would see Deepika and Alia Bhatt, Ranbir’s present girlfriend, sitting together and chatting. How cool is that?
3. Kept to her career choice
Deepika Padukone was an ace badminton player who had a promising future. She was training under her father Prakash Padukone, who has been a badminton star in the country.
When she decided to try her luck in modelling and films her father apparently wasn’t too keen. But she convinced her parents and moved to Mumbai alone.
“I had never been on the film sets before Om Shanti Om,” Deepika had said in an interview. There is no denying the fact that the film was a dream debut and she instantly proved her star power. From there to now it’s been a heady journey.
Deepika continues to have a close bond with her parents and spends time with them often. They are always with her at her important events.
4. Deepika maintains her privacy
The actress has managed to make the tightrope walk between the public and the private sphere in the age of social media. She has her own website and is also on social media but she has never shown the urge to post anything and everything on SM. In fact, did you ever see a picture from her honeymoon with hubby Ranveer Singh? Not one is available on the net because they didn’t share any. Neither is it known where exactly they went for their honeymoon, it’s all speculation.
5. She is not afraid to call a spade a spade
She took on a media giant when they inappropriately headlined her photo focusing on her cleavage. She made it clear that she expected to be treated with dignity and made her displeasure very apparent. Not many actresses would have taken this step because it also implied messing up chances of future publicity but Deepika stood her ground. She made her point.
Deepika Padukone is a star with a mind of her own. She has proved time and again that she is a celebrity who inspires not only her fans but her colleagues too. She is a leader and knows how to show the way.