After winning millions of hearts in India, this dusky, leggy model-turned-actor, Deepika Padukone, made her way to Hollywood. Without much hullabaloo or over-hyped publicity, Padukone silently won a meaty action role in the upcoming film “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.”
Padukone was in the news recently for becoming the most highly paid actress ever in Bollywood. On Aug. 3, the prestigious Vanity Fair magazine placed her among 11 top brass actors to look out for. Calling them the ‘Hollywood’s Next Gen,’ the article goes on to describe the chosen ones with the following blurb, “They may be fresh on the scene, but the latest batch of Hollywood up-and-comers has a retro edge clearly on display in this time-traveling style portfolio.”
Padukone is photographed wearing a red pantsuit with a fur jacket, stepping out of her car with a short interview description. Followed by a vintage behind-the-scenes video featuring other young actors such as Elizabeth Debicki from “The Great Gatsby,” Lily Collins who played Snow White in “Mirror Mirror,” and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough, who was seen in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The video titled, “Beyond the Red Carpet,” shows actors talking about their personal style.
Deepika Padukone apparently has become the first heroine whose paycheck will cross a billion (Rs. 10 crore) — the film being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati.” Having given a tentative nod after a narration two months back, she got the final narration a few days ago — and the proposal of Rs. 11 crore plus taxes from Bhansali Jun. 13 works out to over Rs. 12 crore.
The nearest remuneration to this among heroines that we have heard of is Kareena Kapoor getting paid Rs. 7 crore for “Golmaal 3” in 2010. Heroes like Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan are reportedly getting Rs. 50 crore for their new films, which is the minimum packet Salman Khan will make from the 50 percent profits clause for “Sultan!”
Vanity Fair’s list includes young actors like Elizabeth Debicki from The Great Gatsby, Lily Collins who played Snow White In Mirror Mirror, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keogh, who was seen in films like Mad Max: Fury Road. Speaking about her personal style and fashion choices, Deepika Padukone was quoted by the NDTV as saying, “It’s always comfort over anything else. You need to feel complete, you need to feel like you are wearing the clothes and the clothes aren’t wearing you. If I had a choice between a gown and a sari, I’d wear a sari,” she adds.