Do note the order; for all Bollywood cinema fans, Deepika Padukone definitely takes precedence over World No. 1 tennis champion Novak Djokovic. For millions of followers all over the world, Deepika personifies beauty and elegance, and hers is an unmistakable face.
Which is why social media networks like Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with posts from Deepika fans, deeply offended after British tabloid the Daily Mail, which first reported their ‘evening out’, failed to identify her, calling her a mere ‘leggy brunette’. One fan even re-worded the news report, saying ‘Deepika Padukone was seen leaving an LA bar with an athletic-type Serbian guy!’.
Deepika and Djokovic were photographed exiting ‘The Nice Guy’, a high-end LA bar frequented by celebrities, after a dinner date. The Indian superstar is currently in LA, shooting for her debut Hollywood film, ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’, in which she will star alongside Vin Diesel.
Making regular appearances at fixtures like Wimbledon, Ms. Padukone is quite the tennis enthusiast. Her father, Prakash Padukone, was India’s No. 1 badminton player. When tennis greats, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were in Delhi for a tennis tournament in December 2015, Deepika attended the event as a special guest. She bonded with Dojokovic and his wife Jelena Ristic, hosting them for dinner.
As for the Daily Mail, it seems that its ‘scoop’ has certainly made waves, but not for the reason it had in mind. But like they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity!