If Deepika Padukone was a male actor, the three Khans would be running for cover by now. The star who turns 30 today has not delivered a flop since 2012 – the critically-acclaimed Finding Fanny being the only BO exception. In 2015 itself, she gave us the constipation comedy Piku, holding her own against seasoned performers like Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan. As Guardian described her performance in its review of the film, “Padukone, the sometime model traditionally cast as a living goddess, does as much here with a frazzled silence as her earlier showcases did with her dazzle.”
The ‘living goddess’ was back in Bajirao Mastani – playing a princess who happily became the other woman for love. Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha – which used stage as a metaphor for life – underused Deepika but could not hide her dazzle.
We will not discuss the crores her films make, we will not talk about her brand value and big names she endorses, we will not even talk about how in an industry filled with pliant mannequins, she has time and again held her own. Instead, the topic today is far more ephemeral yet a must-discuss if we are talking about a Bollywood heroine – her style quotient.
While Sonam Kapoor has long been named Bollywood’s style diva, it is Deepika that the girl out on the street often follows. From her dressed down Piku style to Bajirao bling, we love to just copy and copy Deepika’s style. If you don’t believe us, ask your neighbourhood darzi.
Bajirao Mastani: The clothes we attended weddings in
The brides wore them. The brides’ mamas wore them. Her sisters, cousins and other assorted relatives wore them. When you went wedding shopping, you were actually shown the Mastani lehengas. Do we need to say more?
Tamasha: The clothes we vacationed in
Those dreamy little skirts, headbands, minibags and scarfs. We wore them to Corsica, and Goa, and any other beach we visited. Fashion streets across the country had the exact replica of the white shirt with red lips on it. We bought it too.
Piku: The clothes we trudged city’s streets in
A fashion brand actually came out with Piku Melange look! We just called it our everyday clothes – the ones in which we fought autowallas, faced everyday tyranny of routine and did the grocery shopping. Loose kurta, palazzo pants and the tiny little bindi. What’s not to like?
Ram-Leela: The clothes we danced in
Those voluminous lehengas and glowing make-up was perfect for a trad night-out. Like garbas and wedding sangeets. We even followed the hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube to get it just right.
Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani: The clothes in which we struck ‘em dead
A geeky student who turns into a style diva – you know, the Cinderella story every girl loves. We loved Deepika’s Cinderella look – glam Manish Malhotra sarees and sequined blouses. The neighbourhood darzi had his hands full making the rip-offs of the blue saree and the black saree. Bhaiyyaji, woh red Kashmiri tilla dress from Dilliwali girlfriend too.
Om Shanti Om: The clothes we went retro in
Very retro, very kitschy, very classic Hollywood glamour – that was Deepika’s look in her debut. Those fitted suits, flowers in the hair and classic makeup had us glamazed. You think another retro night is just what we need this week?