The Year of Deepika Padukone: From Speaking About Sadness to Piku

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Deepika Padukone has not (yet) starred in a 100 crore film in 2015 but she’s had a blockbuster year but, making headlines for several cause, her ascension proving that worth may be measured in plentiful ways.

The 29-year-old actress went public with her battle against sadness, a subject that would normally be think taboo not just in the unforgiving world of showbiz but also beyond. In a poignant first person interview with Hindustan Times, spoke about waking up one day in 2014 feeling different.

Every morning, it was a struggle to wake up, and shoot for Happy New Year’s climax… Most of HNY was shot through this phase. But before starting my next with Shoojit Sircar, I took a two-month break to recover mentally and physically. I spent time with my family in Bengaluru and was soon better. But, when I returned to Mumbai, I heard about a friend committing suicide due to anxiety and depression. It was a huge blow.

Deepika’s mother helped her identify that there was much to it than just a case of the blues and got medical treatment. Now, Deepika runs a mental health foundation called Live Love Laugh.

Deepika shone on-screen as well. In Piku, she delivered a scene-stealing perform opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, casting that might have intimidated the best of Bollywood. Piku was the year’s first real hit and left Deepika basking in the afterglow of haw reviews. Later in the year came Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor – a semi-hit. Again, critics singled her performance as the free-spirited Tara out for particular praise.

She’s not done yet. Deepika’s third film this year, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Bajirao Mastani, is need to close 2015 with a bang, if nothing else with the sparks from its clash at the box office with Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale which stars Deepika’s Chennai Express hero Shah Rukh Khan.

Along the way, Deepika’s otherwise stupendous year hurdled over two issue – the Homi Adajania-directed My Choice video which came out to equate extra-marital sex with empowerment and an apparent feud (possibly media manufactured) with actress Kangana Ranaut. After being roundly slammed for the video, Deepika hastened to clarify that she was not defend infidelity in any way. On the subject of Kangana, she has maintained a dignified silence so far.

Her best is possibly yet to come and fairly soon. Deepika, who is rumoured to be dating Bajirao co-star Ranveer Singh, has no films officially lined up for next year. However, this tweet lately posted by the actress has provoked nationwide demand and excitement – it shows Deepika with Hollywood star Vin Diesel, the backdrop emblazoned with ‘xXx’:

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