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A Lamp’s Glare

2009: A one-hit star. By 2014, Deepika outshines all. Her story is a real rocket.

A Lamp’s Glare
Atul Kasbekar
A Lamp’s Glare
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A cheesy line of dialogue in the Diwali blockbuster Happy New Year proffering a rather simplistic piece of wisdom can be paraphrased thus: “There are two types of people in the world—winners and losers”. Few people these days can be tagged with a rare degree of sanguineness than the film’s leading lady, Deepika Padukone, and she is undeniably a winner. Her seemingly obvious triumph is unique for the surprising fact that a few years back she was a hair’s breadth away from being labelled a loser, headed for a plateau peo­pled by interchangeable B-town beauties.

Yet, look at Deepika today! The 28-year-old has racked up five money-spinners and a clutch of acting trophies in two years, with HNY opening to a staggering Rs 100-crore weekend. What’s more, the dimpled Deepika’s cartilage-defying moves and glib Marathi accent pro­vide perk and passion to the testosterone-­heavy film. Shahrukh Khan, her co-star in a trio of hits now (Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express and Happy New Year), reflects, “I think Deepika was always a star. We had shown the OSO song Aan­khon mein teri to Amitji (Bac­hchan) and he had prophesied, ‘She will be a huge star!’” About his protegee’s remarkable trajectory, Shah­rukh observes, “I have not­hing to do with her success. She has earned it.... She has made great choices. Besides Cocktail and Finding Fanny, she has wisely chosen commercial films.”

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