Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature on TIME 100 Influential People of 2018 List! – With Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone has not just become the highest paid actress in Bollywood but also the only Indian actress to feature on TIME 100 Influential People of 2018 List!
Her co-star in her first ever Hollywood film, xXx Return of Xander Cage, Vin Disel wrote a heartfelt not for her saying, ‘Deepika is the best Earth has to offer, she’s here to represent the world.’
Describing her first interaction with her when, Vin wrote, “When Deepika Padukone came in to read for one of the Fast and the Furious films, I knew instantly I was in the presence of someone very special. As soon as she entered the room, there was a synchronicity, a synergy, a chemistry—it promised great things to come. Her schedule didn’t work for that movie, but I never gave up. She was the first role we cast in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. She said, “I want to do this movie, but if I do, you have to come to India.” Thank God I made that deal.”
He further wrote, Making that movie, Deepika took committed to a whole other level. That’s who she is as a performer. She wants the whole movie to shine, which is a rare thing. Anyone could talk about how beautiful she is, and anyone could tell you about her unmatched comedic timing. But she isn’t just a star. She’s an actor’s actor, dedicated to the craft. So often in the entertainment industry we deal in stereotypes, and people get stuck in certain markets. ”
Time’s most influential list is now in its fifteenth year, recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. TIME editors have said of the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.” This year’s list includes actress Nicole Kidman, ‘Wonder Women’ starrer Gal Gadot and Prince Harry’s fiance Meghan Markle as well.
Bollywood’s leading lady, Deepika Padukone brought in 2018 by clocking 300 crores at the box office with her magnum opus period film Padmaavat. With this Deepika was titled the first actress to have entered the 300 crore club with a woman led film. In the current scenario, Deepika commands the title of being of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being the highest paid actress.
The actress also enjoys a huge fan following, a testimony of which is seen on her social media platforms with a follower base of more than 75 million. Deepika is also the most followed Asian Woman on Twitter.
Encashing on her popularity and audience pull, the actress is also touted as a brand favourite with as many as 18 highly coveted brands in her portfolio. Apart from that Deepika Padukone is also working towards creating awareness and supporting mental illness with her NGO, The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLF).