WATCH: Deepika Padukone returns to Mumbai after making a splash at BAFTA 2024

Upon arrival at Mumbai airport on Tuesday, February 20th, acclaimed Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was the epitome of sporty glamour, having just returned from a historic presentation at the prestigious BAFTA 2024 awards in London. Clad in an eye-catching blue ensemble paired with a slick gray coat and pristine white sneakers, she once again demonstrated her impeccable fashion sense that effortlessly straddles the modern and the athletic.

As the paparazzi lenses captured her every move, Deepika graced the airport with her presence, her face adorned with minimal makeup that accentuated her natural allure. Her hair was neatly arranged in a sophisticated top bun, and she donned chic sunglasses that further amplified her stylish look. She made her way confidently to her waiting vehicle, pausing gracefully to strike poses for the eager photographers before departing.

Deepika’s attendance at the BAFTA 2024 awards marked an illustrious addition to her already notable career. Just the previous year, she had seized the spotlight at the Oscars, where she was an award presenter. This year, she took to her Instagram account to share her BAFTA look with her millions of followers. Dressed in traditional yet contemporary fashion, she donned a shimmering white saree, its elegance completed with a matching blouse and tasteful chic earrings. In lieu of heavy jewelry, the minimalistic approach to her accessories perfectly complemented the overall sophistication of her attire.

BAFTA 2024 was not just an evening of outstanding fashion but also a star-studded event featuring an ensemble of luminaries from across the entertainment industry. Deepika shared the stage with international icons such as David Beckham, Cate Blanchett, and pop sensation Dua Lipa. The presenters list was further adorned with stars like Adjoa Andoh from ‘Bridgerton’, Hugh Grant from ‘Wonka’, and Lily Collins from ‘Emily in Paris’.

Award presentations at the ceremony also included notable names like Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson of ‘The Crown’ fame, Himesh Patel from ‘Black Mirror’, and accomplished actor Idris Elba from ‘Hijack’. In what has become a BAFTA tradition, the Rising Star Award presentation was left in the hands of previous winners Emma Mackay and Jack O’Connell. The 2024 nominees for this accolade were an assemblage of emerging talents including Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Jacob Elordi, Mia McKenna-Bruce, and Sophie Wilde.

A highlight of the ceremony was a performance of a “special cover song” by Hannah Waddingham. The event was ably hosted by former Doctor Who star David Tennant. The retro hit ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ by Sophie Ellis Bexter, which found a new lease on life following its inclusion in Emerald Fennell’s ‘Saltburn’, also graced the evening’s soundtrack.

The congregation of talent was not limited to the stage; the audience was also sprinkled with celebrities from recent cinematic feats. Barry Keoghan from ‘Saltburn’, Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan from ‘Maestro’, Cillian Murphy from ‘Oppenheimer’, and distinguished directors like Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, Celine Song, and Yorgos Lanthimos all were in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers.

Deepika Padukone’s journey from the esteemed BAFTAs back to Mumbai has been a confluence of achievement and style. Her contributions to cinema and her striking presence at international award ceremonies like the BAFTAs and Oscars affirm her status as not just a Bollywood A-lister but also a global icon of the film industry. Her arrival back home serves as a testament to her ongoing influence and the cultural bridge she continues to be between Bollywood and the world.

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