When the name Deepika Padukone come across, people she her as one of the most influential bollywood actors of all time. Her Millions of followers around various social media channel and net worth of $10 Millon, shows her success of life upfront. However, the personality that Deepika carries in her real life is priceless. Being an outsider in bollywood she doesn’t have lots of luxury to enjoy, but all to prove herself in one after another exams of life and career. She bounced back from depression quickly, given her fans back to back hit movies, done a hollywood movie, and controversy everyday – she faces these all like a rock.
An old quote says great popularity and power comes with equal magnitude of responsibility. It happened to Deepika as well, but her dedication towards her responsibility made sense. She has been one of the very few actors who openly talks about mental health and sexism.
Recently in an interview while accepting there is sexism in bollywood, Deepika revealed “There were lots of things I was advised [to do]. To get a boob job, do the beauty pageants. They felt it was the right way to be recognised or picked up by a Bollywood director or producer. It might be an easier way to achieve what you want to achieve. But I haven’t been that person; I’ve always followed my gut,”.
Deepika has made her debut in bollywood with super hit ‘Om Shanti Om’ opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Many think becoming an actor might have a childhood dream of Deepika but in reality she just wanted to pursue her passion living alone away from family.
“For a large part of my life I was an athlete — I don’t think anyone thought I would become a model and then an actor. [But] I always knew that was what I’d end up doing. It was really weird. It just felt really familiar. I made the decision when I was 17 or 18. At that age you just want to pursue your dreams and move away from home. You think that it’s really cool. But I think the decision, the largeness of that decision — I only realise that now.”
When Deepika was at the pinnacle of her bollywood career and depression hitted her hard. Talking about her fight with depression, Deepika told, “There was a lot happening (in 2014) – people thought professionally it was one of the best years of my life. I was on a career high but that’s the thing about depression – there are no warning signs. It just comes and it has nothing to do with how much money you have or how successful you are… It can affect literally anyone.”
While talking Deepika added her recovery was majorly through “lifestyle changes and medication” and she started the Live Love Laugh Foundation. Speaking more about it, Deepika said “There are a lot of people who come and say that they contemplated committing suicide and after seeing (what) I’ve done, they understand what they were going through and their lives have changed,”.
While replying to a question on any attempt to suicide herself, Deepika said, “When depression goes undetected, it makes you suicidal. I think I’ve been fortunate to have had it detected early on in my life so it didn’t get to that stage. But you can’t separate them from one another; it’s all in the same family.”
Author: Akriti Puja
Feminism floats through her blood. Big fan of Ekta Kapoor super-heroine stories. Trying for a decade to get rid of Indian TV serials, but always ends her day with “Nagin”. Can’t tolerate anything wrong against women. Handles “Pink Diary” Column.