Queen of hearts, Deepika Padukone has managed to not just mesmerize us Indians but has spread her magic all over the world. As proof, she has made it to the Time’s 100 most influential people list and is the only Indian actress to be on it this year! But there’s one other Indian celebrity on the list and for good reason, it is none other than ace cricketer, Virat Kohli. While her xXx: Return Of Xander Cage co-star, Vin Diesel wrote Deepika’s piece in the feature, Sachin Tendulkar penned down Virat’s profile.
Vin had the sweetest things to say about Deepika and started off by recounting their first meeting.
When Deepika Padukone came in to read for one of the Fast and the Furious films, I knew instantly I was in the presence of someone very special. She was the first role we cast in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. She said I want to do this movie, but if I do, you have to come to India. Thank God I made that deal.
He also told the readers how DP is more than a Bollywood star now.
So often in the entertainment industry we deal in stereotypes, and people get stuck in certain markets. Deepika is the best Earth has to offer. She’s not just here to represent India; she’s here to represent the world.
Same Vin, Same. We truly believe she’s the best!
Deepika thanked her co-star for the wonderful write up through an Instagram post.
Even Sachin left no stone unturned when it came to praising Virat.
The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation. That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game.
He also went on to applaud Virat for how he handled the criticism that came his way.
My father always told me that if I focused on what I was doing, over time, detractors would become followers. Virat seems to have a similar outlook when it comes to his game.
We can’t imagine what it must feel like to have your idol write such touching tribute to you, Virat! This is truly a historical moment.
After the list was announced, our desi girl and global star, Priyanka Chopra even took to Twitter to congratulate both DP and Virat.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 19, 2018
Congratulations Deepika and Virat! You’ve made us proud through and through!