With the release of her second movie just around the corner – the eagerly-awaited Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone has received further good news in the form of first place in Maxim’s worldwide vote for sexiest woman. Young Indian men clearly rate her much more highly than she does herself. “To be honest, personally I never thought of myself as ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ but if that’s the call that people have taken, then I hope I live up to it,” she says.
According to the editor of Maxim-India, Deepika could even soon be looking further afield. “Apart from her huge fan following with the new generation of Indians, she also has the potential to be an international face,” he explained.
Danish-born Deepika won the Filmfare Best Debut Award for Om Shanti Om with one critic saying, “Deepika has all it takes to be a top star — the personality, the looks and yes, she’s supremely talented too. Standing in the same frame as SRK and getting it right is no small achievement. She comes as a whiff of fresh air!” She will also soon be seen in Chandni Chowk to China opposite Akshay Kumar.