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  • - Hi, I'm Deepika Padukone.

  • I'm an actor, producer, and philanthropist.

  • (smooth music)

  • I'll be opening up my Little Black Book

  • and bringing you into my world.

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  • (light music)

  • Another important aspect of being an actor

  • and being in the movie business is fashion,

  • so I think most obviously, in my Little Black Book today,

  • I'll take you through some of my thoughts on fashion

  • and what that means to me.

  • I was a model before I became an actor,

  • but before that, I was a badminton player,

  • but we'll talk about that another time.

  • Modeling happened to me, really,

  • in a way that I didn't expect.

  • So pay attention.

  • My close friend's mother was and still is

  • one of the most respected and successful modeling agents.

  • Apparently, she'd always tell my mother that

  • I should become a model, but it was through Anila Anand

  • that I did a couple of campaigns as a child,

  • just for the exposure and just for some fun.

  • I went for my first solo holiday when I was 16

  • and when I came back, it's that time in your life

  • when your parents sit you down and ask you

  • what you want to do with your life,

  • and at this point, I was a professional badminton player,

  • so this is when I said to them

  • I said, "I don't want to pursue badminton anymore,"

  • and that I would seriously like to pursue

  • modeling and acting.

  • I think it was that experience that then

  • prepared me for the movies.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • So a very, very important part of my,

  • I think, fashion and style evolution,

  • I think the first person who had a huge impact on my life

  • is Anaita Shroff-Adajania.

  • She's been a stylist with me for many, many years

  • and along the way, I also met, through her,

  • Shaleena, who's been my stylist now

  • for the last couple of years.

  • - My first film was "Love Aaj Kal," which Deepika was in.

  • So, when I started working in the industry,

  • I started working with Anaita.

  • Anaita was styling Deepika at that point.

  • That's how my journey with her started.

  • I started working with her as an assistant

  • with someone else, then I started working with her

  • independently, six years, six, seven years ago.

  • We know what the event is and then

  • we choose a couple of words

  • for what we feel that event will be.

  • Do want to be sexy or do we just want to be glamorous

  • or we just want to keep it cool,

  • so we try and get a little bit of a mood

  • and a vibe of what we want to look like for that event.

  • The most important is how she's feeling that day

  • and how she feels when she puts the outfit on

  • and she knows instantly, I think,

  • when I see her in something,

  • especially in the pictures that we take for the fitting,

  • when she likes something, she's always smiling,

  • if she's not sure about something,

  • her expression is a bit different

  • and I've realized that over time

  • when I go through my phone, 'cause my entire phone

  • is filled with pictures of her in our fittings,

  • so I know what she likes and what she doesn't like.

  • Deepika's personal style, actually,

  • I personally feel like it's changed over time.

  • So when I started, it was more jeans, T-shirt,

  • it was more basic.

  • Deepika also has an obsession with bags.

  • She likes really big bags

  • 'cause she carries her entire house in her bag.

  • Any time you need anything, it can be medicine,

  • it can be a scissor, it can be needle and thread,

  • it can be anything and she will have it.

  • Now, I feel she's started experimenting,

  • like when she goes out and shops,

  • she'll buy some really interesting pieces,

  • great pieces, of course, but interesting

  • and I'm also like, oh, I mean,

  • I never thought you'd buy this.

  • So I think she surprises herself and she surprises me

  • and she's really cute when she goes shopping

  • 'cause she's really, she's like,

  • "Oh, I just bought this because I thought it was nice."

  • So she's a little conscious to show me what she's bought,

  • which I think is amazing.

  • Her style has evolved.

  • She's more open to experimenting, trying new things.

  • She always says, "You know, it should be fun.

  • "It's something we should enjoy,

  • "we shouldn't take it too seriously."

  • - Over the years, exposure to magazines or social media,

  • even movies and through the characters that I've played,

  • I think they've really allowed me to understand

  • and embrace fashion in a very, very different way.

  • So nothing seems strange or weird or bizarre to me anymore.

  • While I believe that my inherent style is just

  • simple and classic and elegant,

  • having that exposure to the modeling world

  • and also being an actor has really allowed me

  • to play with fashion and not really box

  • or restrict myself anymore.

  • It's kind of what it's evolved into over a period of time.

  • (light music)

  • - The pink and red trend, that's one of my favorite trends.

  • So many people were wearing it at the Emmy's this year and

  • I just think those colors look so great together,

  • like even if you're wearing a bright pink suit

  • and you just do a red lip,

  • I think it just complements each other so well.

  • I mean, certain things that we've been

  • really working with now are bright, pop colors,

  • maybe bright pink and blue

  • and a lot of her looks have been,

  • like a lot of athleisure, we're doing a lot of sporty looks

  • with really cool sneakers, especially when she's traveling,

  • we put some really fun looks together,

  • even for her events now, we're trying to do

  • something a little different every time.

  • Using a lot of color, actually.

  • - The designer that I really enjoyed wearing most recently

  • was the neon green Giambattista Valli gown

  • and, in general, I feel like

  • I love the work that he's doing.

  • It's large and it's vibrant and it's colorful and

  • I feel like I'm going through a phase

  • where I really enjoy that.

  • - I have to say, it was a lot of pressure this year

  • because last year, we did a pink, Ashi dress

  • and we literally came back,

  • after we walked the red carpet and Deepika was like,

  • "Shal, what are you going to do next year?"

  • I already started feeling the pressure of it

  • when we started coming back to Bombay

  • and I was like what are we gonna do

  • to make it bigger in every way?

  • Like, in size, in the kind of coverage it got.

  • It just had to be wow.

  • How it came together, like when it was traveling,

  • it was still huge.

  • After it got ironed and opened out,

  • it was hanging from the ceiling

  • and it still wasn't fitting in the room.

  • And her reaction when she entered the room was like,

  • "Oh my God," like it was humongous,

  • I couldn't believe how big it was.

  • The great part about working with Deepika is

  • we work on everything together.

  • It's also about how she's feeling

  • in the moment of what she feels she wants to wear

  • that day because, at the end of the day,

  • if she feels good in what she's wearing,

  • it will look fantastic.

  • - I think the beauty of our relationship is that

  • we get each other, we understand each other.

  • We've become very, very close friends

  • and, today, it's not just about work,

  • but it's about comfort and I can look at her

  • or not look at her she'll understand exactly

  • what I'm thinking or feeling.

  • I think those are the relationships

  • that I look forward to the most in my life

  • because we've started from somewhere.

  • We almost sort of started our careers together

  • and she was an assistant.

  • To see her evolve in front of my eyes,

  • to see her growth, and to see her evolution makes me happy.

  • I feel like the journey with her is what I value the most.

  • (light music)

- Hi, I'm Deepika Padukone.

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