Will 2019 be the Year Deepika Padukone, the Actor, Finally Challenges Herself?

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Will 2019 be the Year Deepika Padukone, the Actor, Finally Challenges Herself?

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n Homi Adajania’s frustrating Cocktail, Deepika Padukone essays a role that Ranbir Kapoor is born to play: the unhinged (wo)man-child. In the film, Veronica (Padukone), the promiscuous brat, has a fling with Gautam, only to end up as the third wheel as he falls in love with her best friend, Meera. Through the course of the film, Padukone goes from playing a carefree girl who revels in her indifference to the world, to a heartbroken lover and friend.

There’s an electric scene in the film, where she balances both these Veronicas. Gautam and Meera are escorting a drunk Veronica when she says she wants to pee. Gautam suggests that Meera escort her to a spot, which makes Veronica livid: “Why don’t you accompany me? It’s nothing you haven’t seen before,” she screams. It’s a taunt that Padukone delivers with severe bitterness. Then Veronica lashes out at Meera for pitying her. And with tears streaming down her smiling face, she walks away admitting that of all the people who have used her, Meera – the friend who stole her boyfriend – did it best.

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