Deepika Padukone has graced the big screen for 10 years now and her talents have only grown since, leaving us in awe. Padukone may have started out as the girl from the Close Up toothpaste ad but she has honed her craft and proven her strengths as an actress. Padukone has tried everything from comedy to romance, playing the wild girl dancing on tables to the good daughter taking care of her stubborn father. She is currently one of the highest paid actresses in the Bollywood film industry.
Like her peer Priyanka Chopra, she’s even taken on Hollywood big shots like Vin Diesel. She loses herself in her roles completely. Have you seen her look in the upcoming period drama, “Padmavati?”
She has proven that she is more than a pretty face with her philanthropic work. Padukone is a mental health advocate who openly speaks of her struggles with depression. Facing her own mental health issues led her to develop The Live Love Laugh Foundation, an organization that fosters mental health awareness in India and provides resources to help people in need. She has also written columns for Indian newspapers, models for high fashion magazines and runways, endorses numerous brands and products, and even designs her own clothing line.
From “Om Shanti Om” to her upcoming film “Padmavati” Padukone has proven that she is worthy of her queen status. To honor the Bollywood industry’s highest ranking actress, let’s check out Padukone’s Top 10 in 10 years.
1. Om Shanti Om
Padukone made a dream debut alongside Bollywood heavyweights Shah Rukh Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Kirron Kher and Arjun Rampal in Farah Khan’s “Om Shanti Om.” The film was a huge hit and fans fell in love with the “Karz” style romantic comedy. Of course, with Khan and Rampal in the lead, the film was bound to be a hit, but Padukone’s on-screen presence won over fans.
2. Love Aaj Kal
In 2009, Padukone’s next big hit release was “Love Aaj Kal.” This time, she was paired opposite another Khan, the prince himself, Saif Ali. The duo made an unlikely pair with a lot of chemistry. This is a modern love story where the couple has to choose between career and love.
Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh’s “Housefull” began the hilarious comedy series that has been making us laugh since 2010. Padukone played Arjun Rampal’s kid sister and Kumar’s love interest. The hit film was the third in Padukone’s list of success and was the first to show off some decent comedy chops.
Another modern love story with a twist brings back Padukone and Saif Ali Khan in the 2012 hit, “Cocktail.” Padukone played the wild child in this flick. She has casual relationships, including one with immature playboy played by Khan. Diana Penty plays the goodie-two-shoes who Padukone takes in. Their sisterly love expands as they learn from each other and eventually Penty and Saif fall for each other. You’ll have to watch the film to see how the complicated story unfolds.
5. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor’s 2013 film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” was a huge hit. Though the couple broke up in real life by the time the film was out, their chemistry on-screen was lit. This film was not overly dramatic or masala filled. It was a story about growing up and finding love by discovering who you are. The film also starred Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin.
6. Chennai Express
Padukone’s next hit was another romantic comedy opposite Shah Rukh Khan. In the film, “Chennai Express: Padukone takes on the role of a South Indian woman who is trying to escape an arranged marriage. “Chennai Express” is a hilarious comedy with action, romance, and of course, the epic lungi dance.
7. Ram Leela
Real life couple Padukone and Ranveer Singh heat up the big screen in this hit film. This story of star-crossed lovers captured the hearts of millions with its extravagant sets and costumes, addicting music and sizzling scenes.
8. Happy New Year
“Happy New Year” is a hilarious comedy about a team of misfits out to steal a diamond for revenge. Padukone and Shah Rukh are paired opposite each other again. As evidenced by the “Manwa Laage” video, they are literally on fire.
Padukone’s 2014 hit “Piku” is truly one of a kind. The unique film takes a look at the relationship between a father and daughter. Amitabh Bachchan and Padukone have such a natural chemistry it is both realistic and lovable. Padukone was paired opposite Irfan Khan for the first time. The duo is a surprising treat to watch, as their comic timing was impeccable.
10. Bajirao Mastani
The period drama Bajirao Mastani is a legendary love story deeply rooted in history. Though the film faced a lot of controversy before release, it was still a huge hit. The film held Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s signature style with grand sets and costumes and a common color scheme throughout. Padukone played the role of Mastani with real-life boyfriend Ranveer Singh as King Bajirao.