Live, Love Laugh

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Ruling the Bollyood marquee and on her way to make a Hollywood debut with xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Deepika Padukone is not just a pretty actress but a powerhouse of talent. She’s been one of the few in her league to have opened up about issues usually swept under the carpet – mental health, for instance. Last year, she addressed the issue of depression, stating how she too was a victim of the condition and encouraged others to accept it and talk about it. She launched the Live, Love, Laugh foundation in June last year and, through it, has launched a Mental Health Awareness programme for High School students and teachers in Bangalore. It aims to roll out programmes for 500 schools by the end of 2017. Manju Ramanan maps out the choices of the versatile actor and influencer (Includes excerpts from interviews with Jitesh Pillaai and Sandipan Dalal)

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