Deepika Padukone On TIME Magazine Cover; “Global Star” Talks Controversies and Fame

New Delhi: Global star Deepika Padukone was featured on the cover of TIME magazine, responding to the constant political backlash she has been facing over the years. In the article, she talks about controversies surrounding her involvement in films such as “Padmaavat” and “Chhapaak”. The cover features Padukone in an oversized beige pant-suit and bare feet, with the headline “The Global Star: Deepika Padukone Is Bringing the World to Bollywood”.

In the interview, Padukone was asked about the backlash, to which she responded, “I don’t know if I’m supposed to feel something about it. But the truth is, I don’t feel anything about it.” The article also mentions her introduction of the Best Original Song Oscar winner “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” at the 95th Academy Awards earlier this year.

Padukone has served on the competition jury for the 75th Cannes Film Festival and became the first Indian brand ambassador for international fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier. She regularly makes waves with her appearances at fashion events like the Met Gala.

The actor discusses her vision for marrying the best of the East and West, saying, “There’s 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.”

Padukone also talked about her husband and frequent co-star Ranveer Singh, saying with him, she is her “most vulnerable self”. She also shared that the common perception that Bollywood female actors come with a shelf life that expired as soon as they got married or had children has changed.

The actor joins a long list of Indian names, including industry colleagues Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aamir Khan, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who made it to the cover of TIME magazine. In 2018, she was part of TIME’s 100 most influential people, alongside former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of cab aggregator Ola.

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