Get ready to hail Deepika Padukone's taxi, details inside
Deepika Padukone is all set to invest $5 million in an e-taxi service; read on
Besides being an actress, Deepika Padukone is a businesswoman too. She has many brands under her name, from clothing to backed startups like online furniture rental platform Furlenco. Piku actress has invested her money in many companies.
She has been seen many times talking about women empowerment and the rights of women in the society. She also runs an NGO Live Love Laugh.
According to a latest report, Deepika is all set to invest $5 million (Rs 35,56,40,000) in an e-taxi startup. Yes, you heard it right! In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Punit Goyal, co-founder of Blu Smart cab service, revealed that Deepika would soon be lending $5 million for the business.
Goyal also said that previously Deepika had helped the startup raise $3 million for the ambitious cab service venture.
Punit said that Deepika wants a safe country for women, so she came up with this idea. "Deepika loves the vision of our company. She is aware that our cars are safer to travel – the safety standards are very high. We own the cars and we get the drivers on board. Drivers do not need to bring a car on board. Also, she realised that cars are all-electric vehicles. While we are building a great mobility platform, we are also doing something about the environment. The cars are zero-emission. Moreover, there's no surge pricing and also there's no ride cancellation. So, when you book a ride, you get a ride. You can cancel the ride but the driver can't. Due to all these reasons, Deepika felt motivated to invest."
He went on to add, "Deepika scaled the brand and emphasised the need for women empowerment. She also got on board some women drivers so that they can gain employment. That was her idea."
On the work front, Deepika will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak playing the role of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal onscreen.
The movie is slated to release on January 10, 2020.