Deepika Padukone starrer Fighter is not hitting the theatres this week. But there are plenty of good movies with her that you can stream and we have come up with a quick list of some of her better movies. Again, with most listicles, this is no definitive collation.

This is just a list of her memorable movies that currently catch our fancy.

Top 10 Deepika Padukone Movies

Om Shanti Om (2007)

A cult movie, for sure. This debut vehicle of Deepika Padukone had everything. This spoofy film had great music, dance, fights and typical Bollywood masala.

The Deepika-Shah Rukh Khan magic on the screen began with this extravagant entertainer who wonderfully used the usual next-life–revenge-killing trope of Hindi movies, and Deepika plays a film heroine. 

Another reason why the film was special was because it brought together almost the whole of Bollywood through the rambunctious dance song Deewangi Deewangi. There was a parade of stars in it with Dharmendra, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor, Tabu, Rekha and more shaking their legs with fizzy fervor.

Love Aaj Kal (2009)

This is a fun love story from Imtiaz Ali in which Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone portray a 21st-century couple that is drifting apart into two continents. They host a breakup party. And then? It is one of the better-made romantic movies set among the upper echelons of society.

The film had a real feel, and it was very convincing and heartfelt. That is why it connected well with the fans. The movie, with the same name, made by Imitiaz again, starring Kartik Aaryan with Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, was released in 2020. But it turned out to be pale pastiche. Anyway, Deepika is a million bucks in such love stories.

Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

This Deepika and Farhan Akhtar starrer was a psychological thriller drama. The story is about a man with a split personality disorder. He calls himself on the phone, records voice notes and later acts as if someone is guiding him for his problems.

Deepika is this guy’s co-worker and love interest. She handled the tough role with ease and showed that she can shoulder bigger challenges in the future. The film’s music, composed by the trio of Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, is among its strengths. Funky and fizzy!

 

Cocktail (2012)

Who can forget Deepika’s Veronica in this flawed but interesting movie? She is bold and outgoing. But her friend with benefits, the Saif Ali Khan character, is in love with a more traditional girl  (played by Diana Penty).

The film is problematic as it shows that bold women are good for friendship, flirting and fun but not for marriage. But it is Deepika’s performance that made this Homi Adajania directorial work for the most part. She was, much like her character in the film, super fun.

Chennai Express (2013)

This over-the-top Rohit Shetty masala entertainer pays homage to multiple movies- both Hindi and South Indian. This Deepika-Shah Rukh starrer is filled with masala ingredients; the greatest thing is that the film never takes itself seriously.

The romance of the lead couple, with great songs, is what popcorn entertainment is all about. Deepika sells the role of a South Indian — hard-accented and coy looking — so damn well. Heck, in reality, we shouldn’t forget that she is actually a South Indian.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

This quintessential romance movie also is a glossy coming-of-age drama. This was Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s second film together after Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). The pair was a million bucks; make no mistake about it.

The Ayan Mukherjee movie is great for watching with friends as it oozes buddy spirit all through. Great songs, nice melodrama, gorgeous looking lead pair, superb locales…this is what non-taxing entertainment is all about. You can watch it with your group anytime. Deepika is a complex character with verve and conviction.

Piku (2015)

The film’s heartwarming narrative makes it transcend the conventional road trip formula. Deepika, as the eponymous Piku, along with her dad (Amitabh Bachchan) and the driver cum owner of the rental car (Irrfan Khan), undertakes a road journey to Kolkata from Delhi. It is a trip filled with humour, emotions, and familial bonds.

Deepika’s portrayal of a daughter navigating life’s complexities adds layers of authenticity and charm to this memorable road trip. And her romance with Irrfan is a minor classic in its own right. This Shoojit Sracr-directed film is a sentimental favorite among Deepika’s films.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

A tale of valour, love, and grandeur, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is an epic of sorts as it retells the story of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife Mastani, played delectably by Deepika.

Despite her character being a bit one-dimensional, Deepika brought great heft to it and also was full of spunk in the action scenes. This movie also featured Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. While everyone made telling contributions in this opulent and spectacular movie, it was Deepika who walked away with all the kudos for her conviction-filled performance—one for her hall of fame collection.

Tamasha (2015)

Another coming-of-age film. Again directed by Imtiaz Ali. Again, Deepika and Ranbir are in the lead. Despite all this, the film is refreshing. One is the main pair’s chemistry—two, youth-filled songs of Rahman. Deepika, as Tara in the film, was luminous. Even though Ranbir gets more screen space, it is Deepika who makes a better impact. Her portrayal of a troubled character is full of assurance and style. A combination that is difficult to pull off. But she does.

Padmaavat (2018)

A Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie that triggered thousands of protests in India. Well, all that is old hat now. The film was based on the epic poem of the same name by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.  Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, a Rajput queen known for her beauty, vows with her dainty presence.

As the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), who is coveted by Sultan Alauddin Khalji (Ranveer Singh), Deepika gets a feel for such a royal role, so right? The visual brilliance and grandeur of the movie is matched by her ethereal presence. Beauty and solid acting, Deepika is a great package in this film.

Balakumar Kuppuswamy
Balakumar Kuppuswamy

An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.

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