Deepika Padukone, in my totally biased opinion, is the best actress in the Indian film industry today. She has delivered some of the most memorable performances in films like ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Piku’ and more recently in the hit Hollywood franchise, ‘XXX’. She’s winning big both back home and internationally.
However, what was Deepika like before the glamour bug bit her?
“She was my classmate at Mount Carmel College for 6 months before she moved to Bombay for OSO. She used to keep bunking classes due to her professional commitments- badminton and modelling. I think she lost a lot of attendance because of that and that’s why decided to leave college. But on the days that she used to visit college — she would come straight from the baddy court at Padukone Academy that’s down the road- she would be sweaty and still in her track pants. This is quite a big deal because MCC is like a fashion capital in Bangalore and all the girls are always dressed to the nines- a lot of them used to wear 4-5 inch heels as well, and this super model would be in black track pants with jacket and zero make-up, her hair in a braid or a ponytail.
I once stood behind her in a queue to pay fees and I literally couldn’t see anything in front of me — she is that tall!
I always felt she was quiet and well-mannered. Sitting on the last bench, not very studious, but a sweet girl.
That doesn’t mean she didn’t have fun! She had a lot of male attention, but then all MCC girls got a lot of male attention- guys would flock outside the gates of the college…”
When we look at celebrities in the limelight, on screen, with special effects and brilliant make-up, it’s hard to imagine them as anything else. It’s hard to humanise them once we’ve put them up on the pedestal of an icon.