Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and former model. Padukone made her acting debut with the film Kannada Aishwarya which was released in 2006. She made her Hindi film debut the following year with the hit Om Shanti Om, for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
Padukone was born in the Danish city of Copenhagen. When she was eleven months old, her family moved to Bangalore, India. Padukone was born in Mangalore and speaks Konkani as her mother tongue. His ancestors hail from the village of Padukone in the Kundapura Taluk of Udupi district in Karnataka, India.
Padukone attempted a modeling career while in college. She was spotted competing in a ramp competition at NLS Bangalore. Over the years she has modeled for Indian brands such as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and has also been the ‘brand ambassador’ for Jewels retail jewelry exhibition of India. Maybelline named her an international spokesperson.
She was named “Model of the Year” at the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards. She was selected as one of the models for the 2006 Kingfisher swimwear calendar and received two awards at the Idea Zee Fashion Awards for “Female Model of the Year” and “Fresh Face of the Year”.
Deepika was one of the most diligent students at the Anupam Kher acting school, where she received her professional acting training. Padukone ventured into acting after a successful career as a model. She debuted in the music video for Himesh Reshammiya’s song Naam Hai Tera from the indie pop album Aap Kaa Surroor.
According to IndiaFM’s Taran Adarsh, “Deepika has everything it takes to be a big star: personality, looks and, yes, talent. It takes a lot of skill to stand in the same frame as SRK and get it right. She’s like a breath of fresh air!
Padukone then starred opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Siddharth Anand’s romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno, alongside Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba.
The film, which premiered on August 15, 2008, did well at the box office. His next film, Chandni Chowk To China, was a critical and commercial flop when released on January 16, 2009. Padukone’s fourth film, Love Aaj Kal, was released on July 31, 2009 and became one of the biggest success of the year.
Padukone then starred alongside Farhan Akhtar in Excel Entertainment’s Karthik Calling Karthik which was released on February 26, 2009. He also appeared in Sajid Khan’s Housefull with Akshay Kumar, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey by Ashutosh Gowarikar and Break Ke Baad by Kunal Kohli with Imran Khan. .
Deepika started writing weekly essays for the Hindustan Times’ leisure edition, HT City, in 2009. These columns can be found on the social networking site Desimartini.