Here’s Why We Think 2018 Brought Out the Best of Deepika Padukone 

Have you noticed Deepika Padukone’s whole new avatar? It’s just the start!

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Deepika Padukone new avatar in 2018.
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As entertainment journalists, we interact with Bollywood celebs on a daily basis. Be it in front of the camera or off camera. I think they meet us more often than they meet their own family. While some are moody, some put up a different face in front of the camera and are usually candid, away from its gaze. Then there is birthday girl Deepika Padukone who never drops her guard - on or off camera. (Not anymore, we guess!)

Always prim and proper. I have interacted with her and interviewed her a number of times but the actor has usually come across as diplomatic, politically correct, well-behaved. She steers clear of controversy but also never fails to stand up for something she believes in. This has been the Deepika we have known for years but 2018 acquainted us with a whole new side to her.

She is undoubtedly one of the top actors in the country. Her film Padmaavat worked wonders at the box office. The film was in the clutch of controversy but Deepika handled it gracefully and went ahead with promotions and media interactions.

Deepika Padukone broke into the top five on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list -- the first woman celebrity to find place in the top five -- with earnings of Rs 112.8 crore, placing her firmly at rank 4, thanks to the commercial success of Padmaavat, and her brand endorsements.

This is the year we saw her experimenting with her looks, she shed those cliches, and brought out her inner Beyonce. Then came the big fat well-guarded Indian wedding at Lake Como. She tied the knot with Ranveer Singh on her own terms away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. And now that she has made her relationship official, she is going all out to tell the world how she feels about her husband. In short she reigned over 2018 and it’s just the start. Here are the drastic changes we saw in Deepika in 2018.

Who Gives a Damn!

Deepika has always dressed elegantly - be it photo shoots or red carpet appearances. But she always seemed to play safe. 2018 saw a bold side to her when it came to fashion. From Cannes Film Festival to the Star Screen Awards 2018 red carpet, Deepika slayed.

Deepika playing it safe at the red carpet.
Deepika playing it safe at the red carpet.
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Deepika Padukone’s flamboyant dressing in 2018.
Deepika Padukone’s flamboyant dressing in 2018.
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Deepika Padukone's dramatic appearance at Cannes in a bright pink Ashi Studio ruffle dress garnered a lot of attention. Then came the memes and by the end of the year when Beyonce recreated Deepika’s look, she had the last laugh.

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She took a complete risk with this Ananmika Khanna ensemble. While some thought it was the ‘over the top’, some called her a ‘human bat’ and some were simply disappointed. But Deepika Padukone threw caution to the wind. She made a grand entry on the red carpet, hand in hand with husband Ranveer Singh and all eyes were on them.

Deepika Unravelled her Vulnerable Side

We have always known how expressive Ranveer Singh is and even Deepika mentioned it in Koffee with Karan that she loves that about him. But Deepika has always held herself back when it came to revealing her true emotions about her significant other, publicly. So it was no surprise when the clip of Ranveer thanking his wife at Star Screen awards 2018 went viral. As he spoke, Deepika let those tears flow but smiled through them. We witnessed a liberated side to an otherwise poised Deepika Padukone.

Deepika Has a Goofy Side Too!

Deepika Padukone is generally seen sharing videos and pictures of nature and other pretty things around her. But when her Instagram account hit 25 million followers in July 2018, she took to social media to share a boomerang video of herself showering flying kisses. “25 million”, she captioned the video.

But this time she moonwalked her way into 30 million.

Deepika is surely shedding her inhibitions and we are loving this whole new avatar. From her goofy moonwalk at the airport to candid poses at the Simmba premiere - she’s a delight.

Finally! Deepika Talks about Ranveer with a Newfound Gusto

Post wedding, Deepika Padukone has been parting with a lot of personal details about her life, which is very unlike her but we think this is just the beginning of the unleashing of Deepika 2.0.

Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>Filmfare.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with Filmfare.
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Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>GQ.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with GQ.
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Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>Filmfare.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with Filmfare.
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Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>Filmfare.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with Filmfare.
(Photo Courtesy: Instagram)
Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>Filmfare.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with Filmfare.
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Deepika Padukone in an interview with <i>Pinkvilla.</i>
Deepika Padukone in an interview with Pinkvilla.
(Photo Courtesy: Instagram)

As Deepika turns 33 on 5 January, we want to let her know that marriage suits her and her khullam khulla bindaas attitude is what we are looking forward to this new year.

(With inputs from Filmfare, GQ and Pinkvilla)

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