Watch: Deepika Padukone makes heads turn with her stunning appearance at TIME 100 gala – Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone made heads turn as she made a stunning appearance on the international red carpet for TIME 100 gala. Dressed in a white dreamy embroidered saree drape, the actress was a visual delight.
Deepika Padukone recently was listed amongst TIME 100 Influential People of 2018, emerging to be the only Bollywood personality on the prestigious list. Attending the event to felicitate her achievement, Deepika treated shutterbugs with humility with folded hands. The Padmaavat star was a vision in white as she struck a happy pose at the gala.
After giving Bollywood many of its firsts with the release of Padmaavat this year, Deepika has also earned her name in the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The list, now in its fifteenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
TIME editors have said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.”
Bollywood’s leading lady, Deepika Padukone brought in 2018 by clocking Rs 300 crore at the box office with her magnum opus period film Padmaavat. With this Deepika was titled the first actress to have entered the Rs 300 crore club with a woman led film.
In the current scenario, Deepika commands the title of being of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being the highest paid actress. The actress also enjoys a huge fan following, a testimony of which is seen on her social media platforms with a follower base of more than 75 million. Deepika is also the most followed Asian Woman on Twitter.
Encashing on her popularity and audience pull, the actress is also touted as a brand favourite with as many as 18 highly coveted brands in her portfolio. Bangalore girl, Deepika Padukone has also brought about a social change as she became the first actress to publicly address the condition of mental illness and her suffering from depression. The actress currently has been working towards creating awareness and supporting mental illness with her NGO, The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLF).
Over the years, Deepika Padukone has not only set a precedent with her work in the Entertainment industry, but has also become the face of the industry globally. Speaking about Deepika’s influence over her audience, her xXx :Return of Xander Cage co-star Hollywood heartthrob Vin Diesel said, “So often in the entertainment industry we deal in stereotypes, and people get stuck in certain markets. Deepika is the best Earth has to offer. She’s not just here to represent India; she’s here to represent the world.
She also spoke about her struggle with Depression, “February 15th, 2014, I remember waking up that morning with a strange pittish feeling in my stomach. I had no idea what I was feeling. Life all of a sudden just felt meaningless and there were days when I just wanted to give up. And couple of weeks later I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Four years on I stand here in front of all of you with a slightly better understanding, I think, of life and my feelings and the person that I am, but I feel like more importantly, I think all of you will agree with me when I say that we’re going through some pretty challenging times all around the world.
And so I want to raise a toast to every man and every woman and every child around the world that is faced with some sort of challenge every single day, but you do it with a smile, and I want to say that your power and your strength and your courage encourages me to go on every single day. And for the some of us I think who do think of giving up once in a while, I want you to know that we’re all in this together, and most importantly that there is hope, because in the words of Stephen Fry, “Will be sunny one day.” Thank you.”