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Deepika Padukone - redefining Bollywood's female superstar tag

The newly-married Mrs. Singh, who turns 33 today, is on a high - not just personally, but professionally too.

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Jan 05, 2019, 07.22 AM IST
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From Shantipriya in Farah Khan's 'Om Shanti Om' to Rani Padmavati in 'Padmaavat' - for which she was reportedly paid Rs 12 crore, Padukone has come a long way.
She delivers super-hits, refuses to take a pay cut to compensate for male co-stars, and even has dishes - from dosa to paratha - named after her. Deepika Padukone is ruling Bollywood - and is right on (or ahead of the) track she began over 15 years ago when she moved from Bengaluru to Mumbai.

Having recently tied the knot in a dream wedding with beau Ranveer Singh, and currently on her honeymoon, Padukone, who turns 33 today, is on a high - not just personally, but professionally too.

Last year, she became the first woman to make it to the top five on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. The actress's earnings of Rs 112.8 crore placed her ahead of not just hubby Singh, who is at No. 8 on the list, but also megastars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Sachin Tendulkar & MS Dhoni.
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While this has been a long time in the making, Padukone was the only Indian star to feature in the top 10 Highest Paid Actresses list by Forbes in 2016, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Scarlett Johannson, and Jennifer Aniston.

Whether it's owing to the massive success of her films, or various brand endorsements, Padukone's growing star-power is shining brighter than ever.

And she's in no mood to stop.

From Shantipriya in Farah Khan's 'Om Shanti Om' to Rani Padmavati in 'Padmaavat' - for which she was reportedly paid Rs 12 crore, Padukone has come a long way.
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Padukone in a scene from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat'.

But the star, who has seen both the highs and lows of Bollywood, has often said that it's not always been a smooth ride. She battled depression at the peak of her career, and having understood the stigma attached with mental health, founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation that works towards spreading mental health awareness.
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Deepika Padukone interacts with ASHA workers at Jagalur Taluk in Karnataka on World Mental Health Day 2017.

Even with her hands full, Padukone, who also has a fashion label 'All About You that retails on online shopping portal Myntra, seems to be finding time for new ventures. And now, like contemporaries Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma, this newly-wed is also trying her hand at production. Her next film where she plays the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, will also see her don the producer's hat.

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Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra became the only two actresses to feature in Forbes's Top 10 Bollywood's highest-paid 2017 list. Padukone was at the sixth spot with earnings of $11 million, while desi girl, Chopra shared the seventh spot with Deepika's beau Ranveer Singh, with earnings of $10 billion.
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