Deepika Padukone - Faith, self-belief, hard work and determination are the ultimate recipe for success.
A little amount of faith and self-belief mixed with hard work and determination and a dash of support from your loved ones, is the ultimate recipe for success.
Hard work, perseverance, commitment, determination all are important factors for success, but what requires most is faith, belief in yourself that you can do it, and nothing like it, if you can get the same belief and support from your parents.
Recently, a heart-warming video from the Filmfare 2016, reconfirmed this, when actress Deepika Padukone read out a letter from her father, where ex-badminton player Prakash Padukone encouraging her daughters to believe in what they are doing, for that is the core step to success.
Today Deepika is an epitome of success, when she stands proudly with a black lady in her hand this year. However, it is noteworthy to recall her journey, which is mostly influenced by her father.
“Looking back, I realize that the most important thing about my childhood and adolescent years was my refusal to complain about a lot in life ……. I was thankful for the few hours a week that I could hit the shuttle back and forth, infact the foundation on which I based my life was the refusal to whine on little things, and that is what I want to tell you my children, that there is no substitute for hard work, perseverance, determination and passion for what you do…..if you love what you do, nothing else matters… neither any compensation, nor the gratification of seeing yourself in newspapers and television”,
Prakash Padukone in the letter to her daughters, Deepika and Anisha.
We do believe that Deepika draws inspiration from her father’s words, so do we. Her career graph shows a consistent growth, as well as skill in a variety of fields.
Deepika had been a good badminton player like her father and had played national-level games as a teenager, she could do it because she was fine in that.
But fashion and media world was her passion, so she quit her badminton career to pursue fashion modelling. We still remember the girl singing #PaasAao in CloseUp gel ad, with low-waist jeans.
She always made a mark in what she did. Her early days in film industry were not so successful; she had her ups and downs. Initially, she did some Kannada films which did not signify her as an actress, but she did not lose hope; her perseverance and determination knew no bounds.
“when you told us that you wanted to shift to Mumbai for a career in modelling, we thought you were too young and inexperienced for an industry which we knew nothing about……… but we felt it would be cruel not to let you pursue a dream that you lived and breathed for. If you would succeed, we would be proud, but even if you did not, we would not regret that we didn’t let you try….”, Prakash Padukone.
These words clearly express how much faith her father had in her, and his belief in what her daughter wanted to do formed the backbone for Deepika, to keep trying with her hard work, instead of fearing failure.
After her Bollywood debut with ‘Om Shanti Om’, there was no looking back for her. Bollywood had found her new diva, and so did Deepika; she found the podium that she has been looking for.
Her acting career kept soaring because more work, and money and popularity could not change her ideologies. Blockbuster movies one after the other, with big banners and creative directors made her love her work more.
2014 had been Deepika’s year when she received the award for ‘hero’ of the year, in IIFA which was a path-breaking instance, because the first time, a heroine has received this award.
But unfortunately, that year was also the time, when she was going through severe depression.
However, with her passion, courage and positive energy, she managed to overcome her weird sentiments, and resume working with force.
The setback was gruesome, but could not stop her, and now we know the reason.
The lesson of faith and belief was already infused in her, by her father.
Failure was just an experience. Instead of calling it an end, she uses it as the next step towards success.
“You can’t always win in life, everything you want cannot always come your way,” Prakash Padukone.
But it is very significant, that till date Deepika never refrains from meeting her friends in a regular café, she never behaves like a star with her family or relatives, she still sleeps on the floor, if there are guests in the house.
Money and glamour have not changed her visions, and she keeps her behaviour normal and down to earth in spite of being a celebrity.
And there is a secret to her humility-
“When you visit home occasionally, you clean the table, have the meal yourself and sleep on floor if guests are at home…… if you sometimes wonder why we do not treat you like a star; it is because, you are our daughter first and film star later.” Prakash Padukone.
Her father believed that it is imperative that children themselves, work hard towards their growth, and not wait for their parents to get everything ready for them on a ‘platter’, and this belief got transferred to Deepika.
Today, she is a self-made woman, with no film family background, and after overcoming all the ups and downs in life, this year, she stands with a black lady for a film which is based on father-daughter relationship, so she shares this inspiring note on the occasion of her success.
She also believes in her father’s vision that the effort you give as a debutant should be the same at the time of your retirement, thus we find her constantly succeeding in every field, be it social videos, modelling, acting or anything that she does with hard work.
It is a positive lesson for parents as well as for children, that how a strong support from any one of your family can move you upwards the ladder of success, and how important it is to learn the art to accepting your failures and not complaining about them.
We should learn to appreciate what we have, and what we are getting, and make the best use of opportunities. Generating positivity is important, respecting family is important, because after every career what remains with you is family. But a firm belief in yourself is the best support for you.
When you can balance up all the qualities together, you get the perfect recipe for success. Prakash Padukone never told his daughters to behave like a star. He not once told them to forget their roots, their old friends, their old days. Their self-belief and confidence are developed by their parents from early childhood. There is a lot for each parent to learn from them.