Photographers at Los Angeles airport think Deepika Padukone is Priyanka Chopra, actress walks off calmly
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They’re both bonafide Bollywood stars. They’re both pursuing Hollywood. They’ve both appeared on the same talk shows. They’ve both attended the Oscars.
But dear paparazzi, they are NOT the same!
For the second time, the American media has mistaken Deepika Padukone of xXx: Return of Xander Cage fame with Priyanka Chopra of Quantico fame.
First, when promoting xXx, which also starred Vin Diesel, and now, at Los Angeles International Airport where shutterbugs lined up to welcome Padukone with chants of "Hi, Priyanka" and "Priyanka, welcome back!"
Padukone, though, walked off unfazed with her security guard in tow. She didn’t bother posing for photographs either.
Padukone, a latter entrant in Hollywood, has followed in the footsteps of her Indian colleague Chopra. From doing the rounds of Hollywood parties and events to appearing in popular talk shows — Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, Ellen DeGeneres — they’ve both done pretty much the same things.
And naturally, comparisons galore. But Padukone has often hinted annoyance when pitted against PeeCee, as Chopra is popularly known, who was crowned Miss World when the former was in school.
"It feels weird on being compared to her because our worlds are totally distinct. What she wants to achieve and what she is working towards is different from what I am doing. Her demands and requirements are completely different from mine. These comparisons are so bizarre," Padukone has reportedly said.
(L to R) Deepika Padukone, Melita Toscan du Plantier and Priyanka Chopra at the Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2017.
Padukone’s tryst with mistaken identities ain’t new though.
Last year, UK’s Daily Mail called her tennis star Novak Djokovic’s "female companion" after both were snapped leaving an LA club together. The British tabloid was mocked by Indians on social media for failing to recognize a prominent celebrity like Padukone.
According to Indian media reports, she’s an old friend of both Djokovic and his wife, and has made appearances at Wimbledon and other tennis tournaments in the past.
Sadly, the Western media’s ignorance is not a thing of the past. Yet.