Deepika Padukone made quite an impression with Padmaavat, leaving the country stunned with her beauty and wrath. So why does Bollywood's most successful actress have no films to work on in 2018? Deepika was all set to hit the screens with Vishal Bharadwaj's next, Sapna Didi starring Irrfan Khan and Saif Ali Khan but owing to Irrfan's heath, the film has been delayed.
But it isn't like Bollywood actresses to have just one film in the bag with no backups. “She has gone on-record to claim she was paid more than the leading man in Padmaavat. Big banners like Yash Raj Films and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions are not willing to pay her that kind of money,” a source close to the actress said to a leading newspaper.
Could the gender pay gap and Deepika's stand against it be the reason behind her lack of films? While most speculated her neck and back problems to be the reason or maybe even her wedding plans with rumoured boyfriend Ranveer Singh, the reports state otherwise.
“Her back/neck problem is being properly attended to and she will be fine soon. As for marriage plans, they in no way impinge on her career. The reason Deepika is not signing anything new is because of the quality of roles coming her way. They are all big-banner films with top heroes. But nothing even remotely as author-backed or inspiring as Padmaavat. At this stage in her career, Deepika is no more content playing the conventional leading lady. It has to be a script that offers her as much to do as the male protagonist,” the source added.
We're hoping the stunning actress finds a worthy passion project soon!