It's been a decade since Deepika Padukone debuted in the film Om Shanti Om in 2007 alongside Shahrukh Khan and it looks like she got the role in Farah Khan's film with the recommendation of Malaika Arora. It all began when ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks made Deepika the showstopper in his fashion show 'Isadora' and Malaika was impressed with her looks and talents and recommended the same to Farah Khan.
Wendell Rodricks opened up by saying, "I showed a collection called Isadora at Lakmé Fashion Week. It was a game changer for Deepika. Director Farah Khan asked my friend Malaika to suggest a new model to star opposite Shahrukh 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."
Malaika Arora was the one who recommended Deepika Padukone to Farah Khan for Om Shanti Om.
Malaika Arora was impressed with Deepika Padukone's modelling talents at the Wendell Rodricks fashion show.
Deepika Padukone was the showstopper for Lakme Fashion Week 'Isadora'.
Om Shanti Om
She was just 2 years into modelling when she got a breakthrough in Om Shanti Om.
We're very glad that Malaika Arora recommended Deepika Padukone to Farah Khan though.
Malaika Arora is a close friend to both Wendell Rodricks and Farah Khan.
Om Shanti Om ended up being a blockbuster hit in 2007 and it also starred Arjun Rampal in a negative role.
Malaika Arora was also seen in the song Deewangi Deewangi in Om Shanti Om.
Shaking A Leg
She shook a leg with her sister Amrita Arora, Dino Morea and Shahrukh Khan.
The song Deewangi Deewangi also starred several Bollywood celebrities.