Deepika Padukone, who made her Bollywood debut alongside Shah Rukh Khan in “Om Shanti Om,” recently discussed her special bond with the superstar and her decision to do a cameo in SRK’s latest blockbuster, “Jawan,” without charging a fee.
When Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan join forces on the silver screen, it’s almost always a recipe for success. From their initial collaboration in “Om Shanti Om” to subsequent hits like “Happy New Year” and “Chennai Express,” the duo has consistently delivered at the box office. Their latest venture, “Pathaan,” became the biggest hit of 2023, solidifying their status as a power couple in Bollywood.
In “Jawan,” Deepika Padukone made a memorable cameo appearance alongside Shah Rukh Khan, leaving a lasting impression on the audience with their on-screen chemistry.
Despite their numerous successful collaborations, Deepika Padukone’s cameo in “Jawan” was a noteworthy gesture. When asked in a recent interview with The Week whether she charges for such special appearances, Deepika clarified her stance, saying, “No, I don’t. I wanted to be a part of ’83’ because I wanted it to be an ode to women who stand behind their husbands’ glory. I watched my mother do it. This was my homage to wives who make sacrifices to support their husbands’ careers. Other than that, any special appearance for Shah Rukh Khan, I am there. Same with Rohit Shetty.”
It’s evident that Deepika’s decision to be a part of “Jawan” was driven by a personal and heartfelt connection, rather than financial considerations. Her commitment to the film and her respect for the sacrifices made by women behind successful men showcase her dedication to meaningful roles.
While “83” and “Cirkus,” both featuring Deepika Padukone alongside her husband Ranveer Singh, faced commercial challenges, “Jawan” emerged as a blockbuster, grossing over Rs 350 crore in earnings.
Deepika Padukone also shed light on her relationship with Shah Rukh Khan, emphasizing that it transcends mere luck. “We are each other’s lucky charm. But honestly, we are beyond luck. We have a sense of ownership over each other,” Deepika shared.
Her statement reflects the deep bond and mutual respect between the two actors, built over years of collaboration and shared experiences in the world of cinema. Their partnership has consistently translated into successful films, making them one of Bollywood’s most beloved on-screen pairs.
As Deepika Padukone continues to make her mark in the industry with meaningful roles and memorable performances, her association with Shah Rukh Khan remains a testament to the enduring power of their partnership in Indian cinema. Fans can look forward to more exciting projects featuring this dynamic duo in the future.