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Deepika Padukone is pictured in a poster from the movie 'Race 2'. - Courtesy Photo
Deepika Padukone is pictured in a poster from the movie 'Race 2'. - Courtesy Photo

TOI brought the news of how Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut and Chitrangda Singh screen-tested for the seventh instalment in the Vin Diesel franchise Fast & Furious.

Well, it is now being said that Bollywood's reigning diva, Deepika, has bagged the part. She will play a significant character in the pacy thriller that also stars Hollywood tough guys Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson and could hit the marquee next year.

Deepika's paperwork is on and in keeping with Hollywood's professional stance, it is likely to take six months for the contract to be completed. She is currently in Dubai, shooting with Shah Rukh Khan. Neither she nor her domestic spokespersons are allowed to reveal anything to the media about the project.

Interestingly, when scouting for talent in Bollywood, casting agents were reportedly asked for someone slender and statuesque or 'someone like Deepika Padukone'. Following this brief, she was also the first actress to be auditioned.

For the Indian film industry, Deepika's bagging a huge Hollywood franchise is another giant leap to the West. Others before her — Tabu (The Namesake, Life Of Pi); Irrfan (The Namesake, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life Of Pi), Amitabh Bachchan (The Great Gatsby); Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol), Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook); Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Bride and Prejudice, The Pink Panther 2, The Mistress Of Spices, Provoked); Om Puri (City Of Joy, The Ghost And The Darkness, East Is East); Naseeruddin Shah (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Great New Wonderful) and Shabana Azmi (Midnight's Children, City Of Joy) — have already made their mark on the world marquee.

Comments (10) Closed

ahsan Sep 05, 2013 03:39pm

movie is a sure big time flop.

xyz Sep 05, 2013 07:14pm

fast and furious "you must mchoose quality actors from india not some talent less party girl"

Akash Paul Sep 06, 2013 11:58am

@ahsan: I know grapes are sour

Mir Sep 06, 2013 03:57pm

Big leap? Movies like "Fast and Furious" are stupid action films filled with explosions and guns. A "big leap" would be a thoughtful Oscar-winning film which is worthy of world-wide recognition or something along the lines.

Paul Doyle Sep 06, 2013 08:09pm

@ahsan: That's why part 6 made near 800 mill. Because these movies all flop... Yeah

shanaya Sep 07, 2013 01:40am

@xyz: u r absolutely right deepika is the worst actress PC is much better than her she should have tried 4 this moviee

NoshAd KhAN Sep 07, 2013 03:57am

@Akash Paul: hahahh

NoshAd KhAN Sep 07, 2013 03:59am

this is agood news if true it will be a future big success for her hope for the best

aditya Sep 07, 2013 06:37am

Maybe a burkha chick will be a hit

Shan Sep 07, 2013 11:06am

Take SRK too and that'll be 'Last & Furious'.