BY ANUJ RADIA

Deepika Padukone is one of the highest paid actors in the Indian film industry. Whilst attending the TIME 100 gala, the Padmaavat actress spoke her mind about how women must not shy away from demanding and even fighting for the pay they think they deserve.

She stated: “You can feel a sense of – am I stepping over the line, do I deserve it? But if you believe you deserve it, then you do.”

“For years, we’ve been made to feel we should be okay with settling for less, with sometimes a promise of getting something more later on. But I think you should get what you think you deserve. It’s okay to fight for it, and it’s okay to feel uncomfortable initially because that’s just the way we’ve been made to feel for so long,” she added.

The actress, who won hearts by gesturing a namaste at the red carpet where she stunned in an embellished ivory ensemble, also spoke about her struggle with clinical depression at the gala.

“February 15, 2014, I remember waking up that morning with a strange pittish feeling in my stomach. I had no idea what I was feeling. Life all of a sudden just felt meaningless and there were days when I just wanted to give up. And a couple of weeks later I was diagnosed with clinical depression.

“Four years on, I stand here in front of all of you with a slightly better understanding, I think, of life and my feelings and the person that I am, but I feel like more importantly, I think all of you will agree with me when I say that we’re going through some pretty challenging times all around the world,” said the 32-year-old.

She said it’s the power, strength and courage that she derives from the people around her that encourages her to go on every day.

Deepika also has a foundation The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health.

Deepika Padukone was the sole Indian feature in the ‘Time 100 Influential People in the World’ – where she shared space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe.