Kalki 2898 AD: Fans react to DP taking maternal roles

Kalki 2898 AD: Fans react to DP taking maternal roles
By: TOI Entertainment Posted On: June 11, 2024 View: 14

Deepika Padukone never fails to mesmerize audiences with her versatile roles and compelling performances. The recent release of the ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ trailer has generated a surge of excitement online. Boasting an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, and Kamal Haasan, the film promises an innovative storyline and grand cinematic scale.However, it is Deepika's portrayal of a pregnant woman that has especially captivated fans' attention.
In ‘Kalki 2898 AD,’ Deepika is seen sporting a baby bump, a detail that has fueled speculation about her character’s significance. According to theories circulating among fans, her unborn child is destined to be an avatar of Kalki, making Deepika’s role pivotal to the story. This role continues a notable trend in Deepika’s career: playing significant mother figures in major Bollywood films.
Fans were quick to recall Deepika’s recent performances where she embodied the role of a mother. In ‘Brahmastra Part One: Shiva,’ directed by Ayan Mukerji, she played Ranbir Kapoor’s mother. The film, which also starred Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna Akkineni, is part of a planned trilogy in the Astraverse. The story revolves around Shiva, a young DJ and orphan who discovers his immunity to fire and his extraordinary powers. Deepika's portrayal of Ranbir’s mother added depth to the mythological narrative.
Last year, Deepika took on another maternal role in ‘Jawan,’ where she played the mother of Shah Rukh Khan’s character. In the film, Shah Rukh appears in dual roles as Captain Vikram Rathore and his son Azad, while Deepika portrays Aishwarya, Vikram Rathore’s wife and Azad’s mother, in a special cameo. Her performance received widespread acclaim, with audiences appreciating the emotional gravity she brought to the role. Reflecting on the experience, Deepika expressed her gratitude for the love she received, stating that her participation was driven by her affection for Shah Rukh Khan and their long-standing relationship.
The sight of Deepika with a pregnant belly in ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ has sent fans into a frenzy. One Reddit user humorously remarked that Deepika is creating her own genre of being the mother of important children, a comment that quickly went viral. Admirers praised her acting prowess, with one saying, "Mother is mothering!" and another noting, "She was manifesting her own baby." A third user highlighted her real-life pregnancy, dubbing it "method acting."
Discussing her involvement in ‘Kalki 2898 AD,’ Deepika shared her excitement and apprehensions with Film Companion. She acknowledged the challenges of working in a new environment, with a different language, and under the direction of Nag Ashwin, alongside co-star Prabhas. Despite these challenges, she expressed enthusiasm for the VFX-heavy film and the fresh experiences it promised.

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