Deepika Padukone, the Bollywood actress, will serve on the Cannes Film Festival’s main jury. She began her film career with the Kannada film Aishwarya, in which she played the eponymous role, and rose to prominence with Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om in 2007, for which she won a Filmfare Award. Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, as well as Piku, starring the late Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, cemented her place in Hindi film. She also appeared in XXX: Return of Xander Cage, a Hollywood film.
But is she deserving of this chance over actresses like Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma, or Priyanka Chopra, who have starred in more successful female-centric films than Deepika, who starred in the dud Chapaak? Her film 83, which she produced and acted in, was also below average.
But when we talk about the national awards, Padukone has received three Filmfare Awards, three IIFA, two Producers Guild Film Awards, nine Screen Awards, three Stardust Awards and six Zee Cine Awards. In addition to film awards, Padukone has topped various listings of India’s most attractive people, including The Times of India’s “Most Desirable Woman”, Maxim’s “Hot 100”, FHM (India)’s “World’s Sexiest Woman” and People (India)’s “Most Beautiful Woman”.
So, in terms of the big picture, including her fan base, career, list of awards, and how well-liked she is by critics and audiences for her performances, and the self-made actress that she is, we believe it was a wise decision.