Deepika's plans for her ideal day are surprisingly relatable

The Bollywood supernova documents her dream day for us

  • Here is how Deepika Padukone’s dream day would unfold: “Hopefully, I’d have slept by 10.30pm the night before,” she says, “as opposed to late, like 11.30 or midnight.” I have her on the phone at 10.30pm; she’s in her car on her way home after a full day of shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama, Padmavati. “I’d wake up at 8am, eat a good South Indian breakfast, throw in a workout. Then,” she says slowly, as if only daring to dream, “I’d clean my house. The whole house. Open all the cabinets, count the crockery. Make sure everything is in order. Then I’d do my accounts.” In case you were wondering about the fabulous life of India’s richest and, arguably, most famous actress. (The 30-year-old became the first Indian to make Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest-Paid Actresses, this year, coming in at number 10.)

    Success is a funny thing, isn’t it? Especially when it’s of the scale of your average movie star’s. You can have everything—kingdoms in real estate, the envy and obsession of millions, billboards of your incredibly symmetrical face staring back at you at every major junction on your way to work. You can have it all, except the things you really want, which is to binge-watch Suits and waft gently into carb-filled slumber without taking off your make-up first. Tonight, after nearly 12 straight hours of dancing for a song sequence, she will likely head to the gym in her building “to walk on the treadmill and stretch my body out a little”. Instead of, you know, crumpling in a heap and weeping with fatigue, like a normal. Rinse and repeat this day for a couple of months, at least.

    An excerpt from the interview featured in ELLE India's December 2016 issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine and the digital version

    Mesh, feather and stone dress, Rs 1,50,000, Atsu. Silver and rhodium earrings, Rs 18,063, Myo Designs. Brass with palladium finishing ring, price on request, Louis Vuitton.

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  • Mesh, feather and stone dress, Rs 1,50,000, Atsu. Silver and rhodium earrings, Rs 18,063, Myo Designs. Brass with palladium finishing ring, price on request, Louis Vuitton.


  • Micro neoprene gown, Rs 90,000, Gaurav Gupta. Gold-plated brass earrings, Rs 3,250, Eina Ahluwalia.


  • Silk and twill dress, Rs 3,06,629, Bibhu Mohapatra. Brass, palladium, gold and pink-gold finished earring, brass, metal and gold finished earring, brass and gold necklace; all prices on request, Louis Vuitton.

    Photographs: Prasad Naik; Styling: Malini Banerji; Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar; Hair: Gabriel Georgiou; Make-Up: Anil Chinnappa; Production: Parul Menezes; Assisted By: Devika Wahal, Jahnvi Bansal, Mahi Grover (Styling).


  •  Georgette dress, Rs 75,000, Namrata Joshipura. Emerald earrings, price on request, Amrapali.