Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone starred in the latest Nike commercial celebrating India’s female athletes on their path to becoming best in what they do.
The most powerful thing about the advertisement is not its glossiness, but the Bollywood actress’ story. The 30-year-old was once an athlete – a badminton player just like her father Prakash Padukone.
According to Indian Express, the actress had taught lessons to fans on how to live life. Padukone was one of the first actresses who spoke about her depression in public. She inspired many to openly talk about the psychological disorder, addressing prejudices at the same time.
She had shown people that celebrities, too, are human.
In the recent Nike ad, the Bollywood actress teamed up with female Indian athletes such as hockey player Rani Rampal, cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandana, and Shubhlakshmi Sharma, and footballer Jyoti Ann Burrett.
The model-turned-actress talked about the way she learned to handle failure from sports. She shared the empowering ad with the Nike tagline #JustDoIt on Facebook.
She shared three principles her father passed on to her. They are “the three D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Determination.”
She went on to say how being an athlete helped her fight depression. Athletics gave her the capability to put up the fight and “never ever give up!”
According to TIME, she struggled with depression two years ago. She also said she was gradually sinking into it and had almost given up.
“But it was the athlete in me that gave me the strength to fight and never ever give up!” Deepika Padukone said.
“And so I want to say to every girl and every boy and every woman and every man…play a sport…because it changed my life…and it will change yours too!”
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