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Deepika Padukone feared she would be ‘written off’ in Bollywood: ‘My South Indian accent was frowned upon’

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After making her debut with a Kannada film, Deepika Padukone entered Bollywood with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om where she was cast opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Following this, she was offered several films, and she delivered many hits like Love Aaj Kal, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Housefull, at the start of her career. But the actor had its share of insecurities when she entered Bollywood.

Recently, in an interview with Vogue, Deepika said that while she’s never had to struggle with gender bias in the industry, she has her own share of challenges. She said: “Coming from a sports background meant I didn’t have a natural foray into Bollywood. My South Indian accent was also frowned upon and I initially feared being written off at because of that.

However, the actress has now achieved a lot in her film career and is ready to take her place as a member of the jury of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. In the future, Deepika, who also became a producer, wants to portray Mental Health in a good way in the movies. She said: “If mental health is portrayed in the right way, it can have far-reaching consequences for a country like India, where the conversation about mental health is just beginning.”

In addition to making the right movies on the issue, the actor also wants to bring change to a movie set by providing a mental health therapist on sets. She made this change on an individual level because she had a therapist available on the set of her films Chappak and Gehraiyaan.

While playing the role of an acid attack survivor in Chhapaak, Deepika had a panic attack or felt claustrophobic. She shared, “It wasn’t easy to carry the emotion that came from playing Malti for so many months. Having a therapist to hold my hand was important to me. Actually, I had a similar process for Gehraiyaan as well. After going through the process on a personal level, the actor-turned-producer now wants to “make therapy accessible to the whole team.”

Currently, the actor has flown to Cannes for the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The festival will begin on May 16 and end on May 28. Deepika is expected to walk the red carpet for all 10 days.

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