Deepika Padukone has been internationally recognized for her cinematic contributions and mental health advocacy on International Women’s Day.
Padukone was featured in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report 2018, which celebrates women who are leading the way in entertainment industries all over the world. The magazine honoured Padukone for her strength and success. “The star of the recent Bollywood blockbuster ‘Padmaavat’ (2018) faced death threats and verbal abuse from various fringe groups with poise and elan. Padukone, whose father, Prakash, was a star badminton player, used to participate in the sport before becoming a model. She is now one of the highest-paid Indian actresses and has made the leap from Bollywood movies such as ‘Om Shanti Om’ (2007) and ‘Chennai Express’ (2013) to Hollywood titles including ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ (2017) last year. She is also philanthropically active, starting her own Live Love Laugh Foundation, which focuses on mental illness.”
Padukone expressed her gratitude on Twitter, saying that she is “honoured & humbled joining these amazing achievers!Thank You @Variety …”