Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone is not only tasting success, but literally basking in its glory and rightly so! The actress has been on a roll in the past few years, with almost each and every release including the recent release ‘Happy New Year‘ making its way to the much-coveted Rs 100 crore club. (See Pics: Deepika celebrates Happy New Year success with SRK and team)
Her last three releases ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Ram-Leela’ have entered the elite Rs 100 crore club making her the Queen on Rs 100 crore club.
Deepika Padukone first made her way into this glitzy town with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ opposite none other than Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan. Not only did Deepika’s performance make fans and critics stand up and take notice of this new face, but the film was a huge commercial success. (See Pics: SRK meets fans to celebrate Happy New Year success)
Post her Bollywood debut, Deepika did see success with films like ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’. However, her career also faced a bit of a lull with releases ‘Lafangey Parindey’ and ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’.
It was Homi Adajania’s ‘Cocktail’ that proved to be a turning point in her career. Her portrayal of the bold and beautiful Veronica, earned Deepika immense praise and several award nominations. The dimpled beauty showed us that she could be more than just Ms. Goody-Two-Shoes. ‘Cocktail’ was declared a Box office hit, both in India and abroad.
In 2013, Deepika Padukone appeared in multi-starrer ‘Race 2’ alongside Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandez. Though the critics weren’t very kind to it, the Bolylwood thriller was the first film to enter the 100 crore club that year.
The actress then romanced former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ that saw stupendous success. Though the duo had a somewhat messy parting, their chemistry had their fans intrigued and wanting more of the ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ couple. The film also made it to the 100 crore club in just six days of its release.
Later that year, Deepika reunited with ‘Om Shanti Om’ co-star Shah Rukh Khan for yet another blockbuster, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Chennai Express’. She played Meenalochini Azhagusundaram and absolutely nailed the typical Tamil accent. ‘Chennai Express’ went on to be the second-highest grossing Bollywood film worldwide.
Fresh on the heels of ‘Chennai Express’, Deepika scorched screens with her performance of Leela in Sanjay Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ opposite rumoured lover, Ranveer Singh. The duo enthralled and seduced their audience in the Indian adaptation of Shakespearean play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. ‘Ram-Leela’ was declared a massive commercial hit and is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2013.
This year, Deepika Padukone once again joined forces with Shah Rukh Khan for a third time in Farah Khan’s multi-starrer ‘Happy New Year’. The heist-cum-dance flick, that also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah became the fastest Hindi film to reach the Rs 100 crore mark and grossed Rs 108.86 cr, with a break-up of Rs. 104.10 cr in Hindi, Rs. 2.92 cr in Telugu and Rs. 1.84 cr in Tamil.
Deepika Padukone has definitely been on a roll in the past two years, delivering hit after hit, causing her career of course to rise meteorically and in turn making her one of the most-sought after actress in Tinsel Town.