Deepika Padukone Has Grown As An Actor With Every Movie She Has Done In The Past 10 Years

A decade ago, this day was quite special for Bollywood. We saw three Bollywood debutants who later went on to shape the way we look at the film industry now.

It was on this day. when Deepika Padukone, Ranbir and Sonam Kapoor took their first step into the world of entertainment. And boy, have they delivered!

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Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor made their acting debuts with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, it was a dream debut of sorts for Deepika Padukone, who was Shah Rukh Khan’s leading lady in Om Shanti Om.

While Saawariya didn’t impress critics and fans alike, Om Shanti Om became the highest grossing film of year and broke most of the box-office records.

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While Deepika didn’t charge anything for the movie, I personally feel that with each movie, she has evolved as an actor. But more than that, she has chosen versatility. Her roles range from the ‘next door girl’ to the ‘brave queen’.

1. Om Shanti Om

Om Prakash Makhija is a Junior Artist in the 1970’s Hindi film industry, who is in love with actress Shantipriya. Deepika as Shantipriya was graceful and as Sandy, she was every bit like a millennial who met her favourite star.

2. Bachna Ae Haseeno

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Raj, a playboy who is notorious for breaking many hearts, realizes his mistake when Gayatri rejects him. He then sets out to make amends and win back his love. Deepika as Gayatri was a change we needed to see. An Indian lady who drives the cab and is clear about what she wants from life. She broke the stereotype of what a woman is and perfectly rocked the character.

3. Chandi Chowk To China

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Chandni Chowk to China is a Hindi action comedy with the elements of kung fu. Although the film didn’t work well, Deepika was seen in the double role. A twin sister who is completely opposite of her. One is the good one and the other works with the villain in the movie. Sakhi and Suzy had different nature as different as Phoebe and Ursula.

4. Love Aaj Kal

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Meera was one character that every other girl could relate to. Her character was a mix of innocence and strength. Deepika played a strong-minded career-oriented woman. And at the same time,  showed her following her heart. Which is what we all do, don’t we?

5. Lafangey Parinde

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A freak accident by Nandu results in Pinky, an aspiring dancer, losing her eyesight. Guilt-ridden, Nandu decides to help her gain back her confidence and helps her prepare for a reality show. Usually, very few people take this role, this early in their career. She really did a splendid job of acting in this movie!

6. Cocktail

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Deepika portrayed the modern girl. She broke her image of the typical Indian woman and showed the world that there are independent free-spirited women out there. She was okay with open relationships, hookups just the way a guy would. She was also compassionate because she helped a stranger in the bar.

7. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

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There were a lot of scenes in the film where everyone went “Dude. This is the story of my life!”

From lost friendships to unrequited love, this movie spoke about it. Naina is someone we all relate to. The conversations that they have, are so similar to the ones that we had at one point in time.

8. Goliyo ki Raas Leela – Ramleela

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A vibrant, colourful Gujarati small town, where there is no fear but only a war between the two groups, Rajadi and Canada. Ram and Leela were as passionately in love and Deepika’s portrayal as fearless Leela was loved by all.

9. Happy New Year

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Although this movie didn’t make a lot of sense in terms of the plot, this movie showed us a different Deepika. In a quest to pull off a heist at a hotel in Dubai, Charlie assembles a team of non-dancers to take part in a dance competition at the hotel. They enlist the help of a bar dancer. To watch Deepika as a bar dancer was refreshing.

Her character seems bubbly and her accent was just too funny and at the same time real. Mohini loved dancing and her character showed that too.

10. Piku

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Piku offers no masala or romantic escapades but neither does it bog you down with preachy monologues. A father who introduces his 30-year-old daughter to her suitors as a ‘financially, emotionally and sexually independent, non-virgin woman’ and a daughter who scolds her dad for his obsession with health and tells him it would have been better if he had some disease. Deepika portrayed Piku in the manner that every daughter would with her father. It was simple and yet the bond of father-daughter was perfect.

11. Bajirao Mastani

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is, in essence, the story of Bajirao and Mastani. The director’s ode to undying love does make you pine for that kind of an extraordinary story, and Deepika did manage to show it. Her love for the Peshwa was unconditional. She was a warrior and at the same time a lover. I, personally consider this one her best.

I can’t wait for Padmavati, this time her role as a Regal Queen.

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