Deepika Padukone is as close to a guaranteed box office draw as one will find in Bollywood. She is a Bollywood superstar and her outstanding acting and past success can make producers very persistent in their pursuit of her to be part of their projects. An example of her appeal to filmmakers was illustrated recently in Mumbai when she was spotted having lunch at a posh hotel in Mumbai with filmmaker Karan Johar.
The rumours regarding the topic of the lunch with the the two Bollywood heavyweights are that Karan Johar, despite her having turned down a role in his "ambitious" film project "Shuddhi" asked for the lunch to pitch to her his next production which would pair her with Shahid Kapoor, a new pairing for both actors.
Some entertainment insiders believe that because of the commercial success, $51 million in revenue, and critical acclaim she received from the last film project they worked on together in the 2013 film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" a film which forced Bollywood film critics to look at her as more than an actress who relies on her stunning beauty, she will always listen to a film pitch from Karan Johar.
There has been no indication about whether she will join the project but the meeting alone shows how valued she is as an actress within Bollywood circles.
Most filmmakers rarely encounter a situation where they will repeatedly pursue one actress in the hyper-competitive world of Bollywood in which there are numerous actresses who will do anything to work with them but because of her ability and popularity she has the best Bollywood directors recruiting her repeatedly to be part of their projects.
Interestingly, she is not only popular within Bollywood but also with the sporting world and her popularity with fans worldwide is such that she recently was the guest of UEFA for the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Very likely they understand and appreciate her popularity with fans worldwide and know that where she appears, fans will tune in.
Deepika Padukone, Bollywood's reigning queen is a hot commodity with Indian filmmakers and fans worldwide and shows no signs of cooling off anytime soon.