It's always amazing to meet your favourite celebrity, and some Deepika Padukone fans were lucky enough to have super-close encounters with the glamorous actor. They took to Quora to express their joy or disappointment, and here's what they had to say.
1. When she shocked this guy with the amount she eats.
"As part of my work, I have been fortunate to meet her in Dubai.
For one, I found her stunningly beautiful without make-up. I have met many actresses off-screen but Deepika is (in my opinion) perfect from every angle.
The unexpected thing I noticed about her as I got to spend more time with her, is that she is still middle-class in her attitude to life. So proper and correct that I feel like there is a strict South Indian school-teacher hiding inside her. I found that endearing considering her stardom today.
And how much the girl eats! It defies the laws of physics where all that food goes because it does not show. When I asked her, she shrugged it off saying that she has a high metabolism because she is a sportsperson but almost every time I have met her, she has been eating something or the other.
I really liked her and based on my interactions I think she is one of the kindest, most considerate stars in Bollywood. A rare thing."
2. When she pulled the disappearing act.
"Well I haven't met her myself, but my aunt did, once. She was in the theatre when she went to the washroom and saw her. Because she was a huge fan, she ran to her to get her autograph. Deepika is first pretty dark and without makeup she looks completely different. So my aunt went to her and asked her for an autograph, she politely said that she was in a hurry and would surely return after a few minutes. My aunt waited but she did not come back.
You must have understood what this meant, I know she is an awesome actress but she is a bit too proud of herself."
3. When she was the typical girl next door.
"She was my classmate at Mount Carmel College for six months before she moved to Bombay. She used to keep bunking classes due to her professional commitments–badminton and modelling. I think she lost a lot of attendance because of that and that's why decided to leave college…
But on the days that she used to visit college–she would come straight from the badminton court at Padukone Academy–she would be sweaty and wearing track pants. This is quite a big deal because MCC is like a fashion capital in Bangalore and all the girls are always dressed to the nines–a lot of them wore r 4-5 inch heels as well, and this super-model would be in black track pants with a jacket and zero make-up, her hair in a braid or a ponytail.
I once stood behind her in a queue and I literally couldn't see anything in front of me; she is that tall! I always felt she was quiet and well-mannered. Sitting in the last bench, not very studious, but a sweet girl.
That doesn't mean she didn't have fun! She got a lot of male attention."
4. When she broke typical model stereotypes.
"I was once working as a waiter for a catering company. I got this job to work at the premier of an Indian movie called Shaadi No.1. Now this was November 2005–way before Deepika Padukone was a known name. But she was amongst the top Indian models at that time.
I remember I was serving some starters when I passed by her. Recalling only her last name from mostly page 3 of Bombay Times (where she's be heavily featured in those days), I turned around and asked "Ms. Padukone?!" She smiled and nodded. Such a beautiful face, I tell you! And she was wearing traditional attire–a simple churidar dress–quite unusual for a model. I told her that she was my favourite model. She thanked me and asked if we had any cold coffee.
For the next 10-15 minutes, I was running around searching for a glass of cold coffee. Unfortunately, it was not on the menu. Dejected, I returned and informed her. Seeing my sorry face, she patted my shoulder and said that it was okay, and that she would buy it later on. I was surprised by the lack of tantrums I expected from a top model like her. She smiled, thanked me again and went to watch the movie."