Actress and humanitarian, Deepika Padukone just became the first Indian actress to get featured in Variety's International Women’s Impact Report 2018 and we are so proud of her! Deepika is known for films like Padmaavat and Piku but what sets her apart is her Live Love Laugh Foundation which aims at discussing and offering help to people suffering from mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. She has been featured alongside other powerful women like Miuccia Prada, J. K. Rowling, Sofia Vergara, Adele, Gal Gadot and Emma Watson.
The report stated, "The star of the recent Bollywood blockbuster 'Padmaavat' faced death threats and verbal abuse from various fringe groups with poise and elan. Padukone, whose father, Prakash, was a star badminton player, used to participate in the sport before becoming a model. She is now one of the highest-paid Indian actresses and has made the leap from Bollywood movies such as 'Om Shanti Om' and 'Chennai Express' to Hollywood titles including “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” last year. She is also philanthropically active, starting her own Live Love Laugh Foundation, which focuses on mental illness."