Besides Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan, who gave her big break in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone should also be thankful to this Khan lady. Well, we are talking about none other than Malaika Arora Khan, who was the one to recommend Deepika’s name to Farah Khan & SRK.
Yes, if the latest reports are to be believed then, Deepika bagged the golden opportunity of working along with Shah Rukh Khan in the very first film OM SHANTI OM because of Malaika Arora Khan’s little help and fashion designer Wendell Rodricks.
As per a report in Elle, Farah Khan was then looking for a fresh face to star opposite SRK in the 2007 film OM SHANTI OM and she communicated the same to Malaika. Malaika spotted Deepika at Rodricks’ show.
Rodricks also had stated, "I showed a collection called Isadora at Lakme Fashion Week. It was a game changer for Deepika. Director Farah Khan asked my friend Malaika to suggest a new model to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan for her new film. Om Shanti Om did not have a working title at the time. I suggested Deepika who was barely two years into modelling. I made her open the show and told Malaika that the first girl I was sending out was the one I recommend. Malaika liked her, conveyed the same to Farah and a screen test was done. The rest is history."
While Deepika must be grateful to Malaika every other day, we are extremely thankful to latter for giving industry an actor par excellence & brilliant star!