The hefty earnings of Deepika Padukone’s films are a barometer of her rising popularity in Bollywood. Hard work, intelligence and the ability to make prudent Deepika Padukone is definitely the new empress of Bollywood. With three back-to-back multi-crore blockbusters in her kitty, she is the current market leader in B-town. Though just six years old in the film industry, the dusky beauty has been successful in K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, via email Deepika Padukone is the reigning queen of Bollywood, thanks to her pan-Indian looks and amazing talent. She transcends all barriers of states, languages and cultures in India. Be it a Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, Bengali or south Indian girl, Deepika fits into any kind of role immaculately. SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia choices have helped Deepika become one of the top actresses of Bollywood. The film industry is competitive and ruthless, but like her father, badminton champion Prakash Padukone, Deepika’s tenacity and persistence will help her attain greater heights in her career. VIJAI PANT, Hempur Your cover story perfectly captured the essence and persona of Deepika Padukone (“The New Dream Girl”, November 11). Her ability to take failure in her stride, be it in her professional or personal life, has helped her become the confident, fun-loving, yet intense girl that we see today. Not only have Deepika’s movies done well commercially, but critics have lauded her performance as well. Even when she shares the screen with mega stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, she has managed to create her own identity and left an impression on the audience. This distinguishes her from her ilk. She’s not just the ‘dream girl’ as Hema Malini once was for men, she’s a role model for today’s women.