Deepika Padukone races from 2.6 to 5 million

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Deepika Padukone races from 2.6 to 5 million
Deepika has a strong digital presence and her fan base is just rising on the social media circuit.

The launch of Deepika Padukone’s official Facebook page has created a massive buzz on social media. She already holds a strong digital presence, with a whooping 2.6 million followers on Twitter. However, with the introduction of her Facebook page, her internet fan base is expected to rise and reach over 5 million, soon.

Deepika’s official Facebook page looks more like a reflection of her life, marking a few milestones in both her career and personal life. Her page is informative along with lots of photos from her childhood to her current acting career today.

After two back-to-back hits, Cocktail and Race 2, Deepika is extremely excited about her recently launched Facebook page. Citing her excitement, she says, “I have never been on Facebook before. Now with this launch, I am really excited to be on this interactive platform and be able to connect with my fans!”

Cocktail (2012 film)
Cocktail is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy-drama directed by Homi Adajania and produced by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan, staring Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and debutante Diana Penty as the lead roles, with Boman Irani and Dimple Kapadia and Randeep Hooda as supporting roles. The soundtrack was performed by Pritam and Salim–Sulaiman. Cocktail was released worldwide on 13 July 2012, to critical acclaim, garnering high praise for Padukone and Penty’s performances. Made on a budget of ₹650 million (US$9.1 million), Cocktail emerged as a commercial success, grossing ₹1.26 billion (US$18 million) worldwide.

Cocktail (2012 film) casting
Priyanka Chopra was the original choice for the role of Veronica, but was ultimately not cast due to creative issues. Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan were initially signed on to play the leads in the film, after their chemistry in the promos of Break Ke Baad struck a chord with the youth. However, the latter declined the film and was consequently replaced by Saif Ali Khan, who decided to also produce the film under his production house Illuminati Films. Padukone was offered both the roles of Veronica and Meera, however the character of Meera was similar to her role in Love Aaj Kal (2009) and so she chose the role of Veronica as a challenge. Model Diana Penty, who was earlier supposed to play the female lead in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar (2011), was later signed on to Cocktail instead, on Ali’s suggestion, and thus made her debut in Bollywood.

TNN | Feb 7, 2013

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