Deepika Padukone is a terrific performer, and a gorgeous woman. We know her the glamorous actress who has given us Cocktail, Happy New Year, and we know her as the pretty woman who has won awards for her performances in Piku, Bajirao Mastani. She is all set for global domination with her Hollywood venture xXx: Return of Xander Cage. But beneath those sparkling eyes, behind that broad smiles glimmering with dimples there is a story that inspires us to be human. Well, to be more human than we are. Coz just breathing doesn’t makes us a human.
Today as she rings in her 31st birthday, we want to take a few moments to talk about how glam babe of Bollywood has a legacy of great humanitarian work, at this young age. We would like to send our love to her in Mexico City, where she is busy doing promotional interviews for xXx: Return of Xander Cage – yep, a working birthday – and make a tiny attempt to tell her how much her efforts to bring about a change are appreciated.
Live, Love, Laugh
In early 2015, Deepika disclosed that she suffered from depression. For a top-actress to come out and talk about her mental health- it requires guts. Deepika did not shy away from talking about her mental health on national TV, and made us all shed a tear along with her. Her words, on the TV appearance with her consultant were enough to give one power to speak up and not see oneself as a victim, but her words are not all that is there for help. The actress went out of her way and started a foundation called The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which is dedicated to taking care of mental health. “The Live Love Laugh Foundation is that common platform where everyone can get comprehensive knowledge, connect with professionals, and find comfort that they’re not alone.” Deepika said as the founding member of the organisation.
That was not the first time a Bollywood actor suffered from depression, but that certainly was very first, for my generation at least, that an actor spoke about it so openly. And we absolutely need our role models to speak up on topics that can cultivate a change in the society. With 1 in every 8 person suffering from depression, Deepika’s attempts at talking about it, sure deserve all the love in the world.
Standing up against the wrong
Often, nastiest things are written about stars by the media platforms. Dehumanising them, assaulting them with words, is considered a norm. A silence from the B-Town indicated that it is alright to talk about celebs, especially women- objectify them. And this sets a thought process in motion that might corrupt the minds of the young generations. Deepika, when a media portal’s Twitter handle made a nasty story about her “cleavage show”, made sure to stand up for herself. And when the media portal didn’t accept their mistake and defended their story, all hell broke lose with just mere use of words. Deepika penned an open letter to the media group, and well it went viral, would be understating it. Indeed, a lesson was learnt, if not by the accused, but by many others.
You would not believe a supermodel turned actress to be a coveted sports star as well. But Deepika has represented her stare on national level in badminton. Her dad Prakash Padukone is a well known badminton player, and along with him Deepika leaves no opportunity to promote sports. “Sport has taught me how to handle failure. Two years ago I struggled with depression. I was sinking. I almost gave up. But it was the athlete in me that gave me the strength to fight and never ever give up!” Deepika wrote in a Facebook post.