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Birthday special: 5 films that set Deepika Padukone on road to stardom

Padukone is one of the most sought-after actresses today. In other words, she has achieved stardom. But along with stunning looks, it is her acting skills that have brought her to this level. As she celebrates her 31st birthday today, let’s look at her best performances. 

Keyur Seta

Cocktail (2012)


Before this film, Deepika Padukone had a series of flops or average earners. But Homi Adajania’s Cocktail was a turning point in her career. The film was the first in a series of hits by her which continues till today. Also starring Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty, Cocktail saw Padukone fit in perfectly as Veronica Malaney.

Chennai Express (2013)

Although Cocktail marked Padukone's turning point, it was the year 2013 that proved to be instrumental in her rise to stardom. After successfully playing an urban nerd in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, she stunned audiences with her act as a traditional South Indian woman with a heavy accent in Chennai Express. Standing out in a film that celebrated Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom spoke volumes for her performance. The film also brought her comical side to light for the first time. 

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Padukone continued her success story in 2013 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. She again played a character you wouldn't normally associate her with. Displaying fine acting skills, she played a seductress who later in life becomes a hard woman. The film also saw terrific chemistry between her and co-star Ranveer Singh.

Piku (2015)

After a not-so-happening 2014, Padukone bounced back with a terrific act in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku. She showed utmost sincerity while playing a daughter to a rigid, aged father, played by Amitabh Bachchan. Playing a daughter wasn’t new. But this character had dimensions that are hardly explored in the character of a daughter in mainstream Hindi cinema. Matching up to Bachchan was no mean achievement. 

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Bajirao Mastani, her second outing with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, reinforced Padukone's image as a star who is not just a good looker. She brought to light different shades of Mastani — a warrior and a die-hard lover. Such versatility added to the film's overall appeal. It helped her shine even in the face of mature performances by Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra.

Watch some of Deepika Padukone's memorable on-screen moments: