She has had back-to-back Rs 100 crore hits and has biggies lined up, including one with Rajinikanth! Deepika Padukone is definitely on a roll…
When she burst onto the silver screen with her dimpled-smile and long legs, the whole nation fell in love with her. After her blockbuster debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Om Shanti Om’, there has been no looking back for the Mangalorean girl. With three back-to-back Rs 100 cr movies (Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express), a string of good flicks lined up (Ram Leela, Happy New Year, Kochadaiiyaan), and the false buzz about her Hollywood debut in ‘Fast and Furious 7’, she has become the number one heroine of Bollywood.
The former model is rather lucky as her contemporaries are slowly fading away from limelight. Her arch rival Katrina Kaif (apart from plum roles, the due has fought over a certain Kapoor) hasn’t had any release this year. Her only release being the Christmas offering ‘Dhoom 3’. Kareena Kapoor, who is now married and proudly flaunts her Khan tag, had one movie ‘Satyagraha’, which did average business. And her other release this year is ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mei’ opposite Imran Khan. Priyanka Chopra, despite a ‘Krrish 3’ in her kitty, is not much of a threat as she is mostly focusing on her singing career in the west. Even Sonam Kapoor, who had a biggie in ‘Raanjhanaa’ doesn’t seem to be having anything pivotal up her sleeves. Now do you see why Deepu is having such a good run at the BO?
These actresses may not believe in the rat race (ha!), but they do want to be on top and everybody’s desired actress. If the Padukone beauty has any competition, it’s from youngsters like Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2), Parineeti Chopra (Shuddh Desi Romance), Anushka Sharma (Bombay Velvet), Aditi Rao Hydari (Boss) and Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera, OUATIMD).
The sexy star is not just a decent actress, but also knows how to constantly stay in the news, thanks to an overactive PR machinery. From her alleged love affair with Ranveer Singh to being chummy with ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor, she is the darling of the media. She also endorses high-end products like Tissot, Parachute, BB Cream and so on, which brings her right on top of the pile. Even though she lost out on the title of ‘The Sexiest Woman of 2013’ (FHM magazine) to nemesis Katrina Kaif, her loyal fans swear by her beauty and sensuality.
Will her upocoming releases also reap gold at the box office. Will she become the undisputed queen of B-Town? We will be closely watching her moves and you’d be the first one to know when she takes home big bucks post a film’s massive success!