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Deepika Padukone features on TIME magazine cover, opens up about political backlash, India’s Oscar wins and Ranveer Singh’s support

The 37-year-old actress will share screen space with Hrithik Roshan for the first time in her upcoming film Fighter

Smera Marcia Toppo Calcutta Published 11.05.23, 11:22 AM


“I don’t know if I’m supposed to feel something about it. But the truth is, I don’t feel anything about it” — Deepika Padukone has come out with this poker-faced reply during a TIME magazine shoot when asked about the Besharam Rang controversy in Paathan and the backlash she had to face for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.

Deepika, who has recently joined the elite band of global celebrities featured on the cover of TIME magazine, also spoke her mind about India’s Oscar triumphs at the 95th Academy Awards this year. “ I don’t think we should be happy with one Oscar for a song and one Oscar for a documentary. I hope we can look at this as the beginning of an opportunity,” said the 37-year-old actress, who had introduced the stage performance of the Oscar-winning Naatu Naatu song during the awards ceremony on March 10.


Deepika’s ‘Global Star’ tag comes from various brands like Louis Vuitton and Levis. Asked about the impact of these brands, the actress said they signified a coming together of new ideas and traditional ethos across the country. “There’s the India with our roots, our heritage, our history, but there’s also a new and young India that’s emerging. It’s these two Indias coming together that I find really fascinating at this moment.”

Deepika was taken by surprise during the shoot by the arrival of her husband, Ranveer Singh. Talking about her relationship with Ranveer, Deepika said she never felt that she had reached her shelf-life as an actress because of Ranveer’s support. “I’ve never had that experience because [Ranveer] has always put me, my dreams and my ambitions first. ”

Deepika is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Fighter. She will be sharing screen space with Hrithik Roshan for the first time in that movie. The actress also has Project K lined up for release next year.

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