10 years of Deepika Padukone: The girl from that Close-Up ad is now ruling Bollywood and her mesmerising beauty isn’t the only reason for her success

She was still hailed as the most beautiful actor Bollywood had seen in the longest time but her performances were letting her fans down. In Om Shanti Om (2007), Deepika was presented like a graceful, mesmerising beauty. With actors like Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut already championing women-oriented films, Deepika’s performance in Piku was another feather in Bollywood’s cap. Post Cocktail, there was a massive change of perception for Deepika Padukone. Looking back at the start, Deepika created quite an impact with her debut performance but the credit for the same also goes to her dubbing artist for Om Shanti Om. This was a huge reminder that having a pretty face on the poster does not guarantee a film or an actor’s success. Her dialogue delivery, screen presence and even her silences spoke something. 2017-11-09T17:55:02+00:00″>
Published:November 9, 2017 5:55 pm

Deepika Padukone started her Bollywood journey with 2007’s Om Shanti Om. Her impressive performance against stellar actors like Irrfan and Amitabh Bachchan was a testament to the fact that Deepika had grown massively as an actor. She was still appearing in many films but criticism around Deepika’s acting started rising after every film that released. She was still starring in all the big films but much like many other female actors who have no meaty parts in their films, Deepika’s roles were getting limited to the ones where she was mainly seen as the hero’s arm-candy. No longer was she just treated as a pretty face, in fact, with films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Finding Fanny (2014), one could expect a confident performance that came with her name on the poster. Her majestic looks were simply unparalleled, she was a perfectionist at dancing and it looked like Bollywood had found its new ‘It girl’. As is the case with potential stars, that ad had everyone talking about the new girl whose smile faintly reminded us of Madhuri Dixit’s carefree smile. Still from Love Aaj Kal (2009). Deepika Padukone made her Hindi film debut with Om Shanti Om (2007). The music video was a raging hit and the news came along that this glorious girl, who was also known as Badminton legend Prakash Padukone’s daughter, would be making her film debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan. But this glorious start did not guarantee a successful journey ahead. Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Padmavati. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd From the word go, Deepika Padukone’s screen presence created an aura that promised that this young woman was meant for bigger things. With films like Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Karthik Calling Karthik (2010), Break Ke Baad (2010), it was starting to become evident that the girl who had a thunderous start at the beginning of her Bollywood journey wasn’t delivering on the promise. She won various newcomer awards and her fan base grew manifold. There could have been no better launchpad for her than a film that starred Shah Rukh Khan and was being anticipated as the biggest film of the year. Deepika entered the industry as the pretty girl who charmed her audience with her magnificent beauty but her growth as an actor proves that in this brutal business of Bollywood, survival can be maintained only if one works on their craft. Related News
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