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Deepika Padukone an Indian actress has been featured on the Variety’s International Women Impact’s Report 2018 along with other powerful female celebrities from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Deepika Padukonebroke this news to her fans and followers and quite modestly expressed her gratitude in a tweet.
The list features 50 women including Salma Hayek, Emma Watson, Gal Gadot, Guneet Mangon and J.K Rowling. Variety has appreciated these women from the entertainment industry for ‘leading the way for women’s rights’ around the globe.’
Variety honored Deepika Padukone for her gracefully confronting the controversies that included death threats she received from fringe and extremists groups prior to the release of her movie ‘Padmavat’. She also actively participates in philanthropic efforts. Her foundation ‘Live Laugh Love’ works for raising awareness regarding mental health.
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Deepika Padukone’s introduction in the report read: “The star of the recent Bollywood blockbuster “Padmaavat” faced death threats and verbal abuse from various fringe groups with poise and élan. Deepika Padukone, whose father, Prakash, was a star badminton player, used to participate in sports prior to 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 and Chennai Express to Hollywood titles including xXx: Return of Xander Cage last year.
Deepika Padukone is also known to have successfully tackled her mental illness ‘depression’. She even went public about it in 2015. Since then she has been participating in several international forums to raise the importance of keeping a check on mental health. She shared her story to inspire other people going through this trauma.
Once in her interview with a local Indian channel, she said: “If I can impact one life in this entire process of speaking up and letting people know that it’s something I have been through and something that I could deal with because I had a fantastic support system.”