From being a wide-eyed movie actress to ‘Piku’, Deepika Padukone is a superstar who’s beloved by everyone for being her fabulous self!

Dear Deepika Padukone,

To say that I’m your fan would be an understatement. I’m more of a girl who admires you and at the same time relates to you on so many different levels. The journey that you have been through to reach where you are now is no less than a struggle. You started as a wide-eyed young actress paired opposite a legend aka Shah Rukh Khan to play the role of an old actress in Om Shanti Om and today, you’re the leading lady telling the story about a girl who had to survive an acid attack in Chhapaak.

While there are many who can go on length to discuss in detail and technicalities of your filmography, I would rather talk about how it affected me and you as a person. To be honest, at the start you were just another actress who looked great onscreen as a love interest of a hero. But I started adoring you from the time when you did Love Aaj Kal and opened up about your breakup with Ranbir Kapoor. It was your unique choices in films and honestly talking about the feelings that warmed my heart towards you.

From then on, I have seen every movie of yours from Housefull, Karthik Calling Karthik, Break Ke Baad to Cocktail. But it was in 2013 that things changed for you and me. Movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Ram-Leela came out and suddenly you became a star that you deserved every bit to be. But it was Naina, Meena, and Leela that stayed with me because somewhere I related to them, especially Naina. Moreover, you were brave enough to come out and talk about your struggle with depression even when you were doing films like Happy New Year, Finding Fanny, and acting with Rajnikanth. It was your sheer honesty with the disease that helped me realize my tough times as well.

Though I related to Naina, it was Tara from Tamasha and Piku from Piku that made me see myself onscreen for the first time. And after all of this, my love for you as a person reached its maximum and turned to inspiration. Your boldness in choosing scripts like these and your sweet and real self is what encaptured me the most. After then you became a superstar and that didn’t stop you from speaking up about national issues, the gender pay gap in the industry, or selecting to do roles that are different. From Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Chhapaak, 83, to coming soon Gehariyaan.

Your realness mixed with your high EQ has made me feel like a part of your journey and your choices have made me really see myself in you. You never were an actress for me who I just watched onscreen, instead, you were always a highly relatable older sister who I could always look up to. Your marriage with Ranveer Singh is an inspiration to us all about balancing it all! Toady you juggle between so many hats with such great passion and hard work that I’m just awe-inspired and motivated to do the same. Thank you, DP for always being your unapologetic self!

With Love,

Someone who can relate to you

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