Deepika Padukone is all the rage at the moment. Last year was definitely one of her finest in terms of delivering blockbusters in Bollywood. From Chennai Express to Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and of course her most popular role to date as Leela in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram- Leela, Deepika has proved she’s left her days of starring in less than average movies well and truly behind.
Now, with Bollywood award season in full-swing, many are anticipating that Deepika will scoop the best actress award at nearly every award ceremony, and why not? She has starred in movies which have made millions and attracted global attention, receiving at least three nominations in the best actress category of every award ceremony because of it. More than likely, she will win this title for her success in 2013. Fair play to her, she has done very well.
However, in my eyes, we’re looking at someone who is being awarded because they have simply ticked the “made-it-a-blockbuster” box next to a movie. Deepika remains for me a very mediocre actress, and one who has tried to show diversity yet failed to actually act in a role which truly deserves commendation. Her role upon the release of Cocktail was very much hyped up, but upon watching it I found that she was at it again – playing a wild, youthful girl for whom it goes wrong somehow. I was hugely disappointed. Although the films mentioned above allowed her to branch out and try her hand at playing other characters, I still feel as though a daring, bold and incredibly different role was not occupied by Deepika. All she did last year was play a nerdy girl who undergoes a transformation in one movie and replicated a highly sexual and somewhat annoying female in another. At no point did I think “wow, she really is a master of her trade… HAND HER THOSE AWARDS NOW!!!” because frankly, I still feel like she has a lot to prove!
Deepika’s success can definitely be linked to the huge amount of promotion that took place around her 3 massive hits. It’s brilliant that she has starred in such successful movies but I remain convinced that the best ACTRESS award should probably have gone to no one.