Deepika Padukone is one of the most talented and sought-after actresses of Bollywood and that is neither surprising nor shocking. But why has she not signed a single film after Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat?
She was supposed to start shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj and Hussain Zaidi’s gangster drama, Sapna Didi this year, but the film had to be postponed owing to her co-star Irrfan Khan’s health condition. And now, the actor has absolutely no films in her kitty.
Several theories have been going around about why Deepika has not signed a single film despite the flood of offers that came her way after her last release. While some say she is waiting for her back and neck injury to fully recover, others claim that she is planning her wedding with Ranveer Singh. She was recently seen at the Cannes film festival and New York Met Gala.
A source told Deccan Chronicle, “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.”
This sounds believable because in a recent interview with celebrity film-critic Anupama Chopra, Deepika talked about the lack of good scripts in Hindi cinema. She expressed the desire to do a light-hearted comedy. Apparently, no major production house is willing to offer Deepika the kind of money that she is asking for, as she is currently the highly paid actress in Bollywood.