When Deepika Padukone was walking the red carpet at the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards, she was accompanied by a girl who looked like a teenager. While everyone was wondering who she was, the two posed for pictures and walked hand in hand. Deepika later called that girl on stage while she was receiving the Best Actress award for her performance in the film Ram Leela. The girl, Prerna Maynil, is a 20 year old from Mumbai; who is a very big fan of Deepika Padukone.
Rarely do you meet someone who inspires you in a way that changes your life,” says Prerna Maynil, a commerce student of Dombivli’s Model College.
Prerna reminisces, “I have written over 100 fan mails to Deepika– traditional letters, emails and tweets. A few days before the Filmfare awards, Deepika’s team called me to say that she’d like me to accompany her for the awards. I was thunderstruck!”
Prerna says her dress was picked out by Deepika; who even styled her for the awards ceremony. “Right from hair and make-up to the dress that I wore, all of it was chosen by Deepika,” she says and added that she was very nervous. “But Deepika was so warm and friendly that all my apprehensions vanished. She has absolutely no airs.”
“I asked her if she’d read any of my letters. And she had. I couldn’t be happier!” says a beaming Prerna.
When asked about it, Deepika said “The intention was not to create a Cinderella moment or change someone’s life. This year Filmfare was special for me because I was nominated for two films – Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela and Chennai Express. I thought if I won I’d like to call Prerna on stage as a representation of all my fans who have given me so much love.”