Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone drops into the offices of London's ES Magazine for a chat on how she became one of India's biggest assets, arriving with two bodyguards -- and for good reason. Styled by Nicky Yates, Padukone is lensed by Buzz White in 'Queen Deepika' for ES Magazine's June 29th issue./ Hair by Earl Simms; makeup by Gina Kane
As the female star of India's recent film 'Padmaavat', angry voices clamored for Padukone's death and disfigurement. A bounty was put on her head by a member of India's parliament, as riots threatened -- unsuccessfully -- to close down the film, which told the story of 14th Century Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji's attack on a kingdom after finding himself smitten by the beauty of its queen, Padmavati, who belonged to the Hindu Rajput caste.
There was NO scene in the film in which the Muslim king dreams of sexual intimacy with the Hindu queen, but Hindu groups rioted anyway, based on the false rumor.