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Deepika Padukone
Also known as: Deepi
Actor • Special Appearances • Producer
Born: January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark
More than a decade since her electrifying Bollywood debut in Om Shanti Om (2007), Deepika Padukone has carved a niche for herself as one of the most influential artists in contemporary Indian cinema. In the course of an illustrious career that has had its share of ups and downs, she has evolved from a promising starlet to a gifted actress who can effortlessly segue between genres and characters of various shades. Along the way, she has also given us a number of memorable, award-winning performances in well-received movies like Cocktail (2012), Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2012), Piku (2015), Tamasha (2015) and Padmaavat (2018).

One among the highest paid actresses in India, Deepika`s soaring popularity has also earned her a place in the collective consciousness of the global audience, courtesy of the Hollywood blockbuster xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017). Therefore, it doesn`t come as a surprise that the celebrated artist was named in Time magazine`s list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 and is also the most followed Asian woman on twitter.

Early Life
Born on 5th January 1986, Deepika Padukone is the daughter of Ujjala Padukone and former international badminton player Prakash Padukone, A year after Deepika`s birth, she and her family moved to Bangalore, India. She studied at Sophia High School and completed her junior college from Mount Carmel College. Deepika Padukone first appeared in an advertising campaign at the age of eight. She was a national level badminton player as well as a state level basketball and baseball player. She has admitted to having been socially awkward in her school days and to have focused on primarily on sports and her education. However, in the 10th standard, Deepika quit badminton and took up fashion modeling seriously.

In 2004, while studying for her Bachelors of Arts degree from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Deepika dropped out to pursue her modeling career. In 2005, she won Model of the Year at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. A few years later, she moved to Mumbai to stay with her aunt and gained huge popularity for appearing in Himesh Reshammiya`s "Naam hai Tera" music video. This resulted in director Farah Khan taking note of Deepika and signing her on for Happy New Year, which got shelved in favour Om Shanti Om.

Personal Life
Deepika Padukone`s father, Prakash Padukone, is a former international badminton player and her grandfather was the secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association. Her mother, Ujjala, is a travel agent and her sister, Anisha, is a golf player, who plans to lead a non-filmy life. The actress says that she has a great relationship with her family and visits them in Bangalore as often as she can. Staying alone in a flat in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Deepika Padukone practices Hinduism, often visits temples, and believes that religion is an important aspect of her life.

One of Bollywood`s leading actresses, Deepika Padukone started dating co-star Ranbir Kapoor in 2008, during the filming of Bachna Ae Haseeno. She even sported a tattoo of Kapoor`s initials `RK`, on her neck. The two soon broke up, after Ranbir Kapoor reportedly cheated on her, leaving her angry and betrayed. They, however, claim to be on good terms together and have worked on several films with one another, since.

The actress was also involved with business mogul Vijay Mallya`s son Siddharth Mallya until they broke up in early 2012. Deepika was even reportedly gifted a luxury home Prabhadevi by him, worth around 16 crores.

Later, she was often seen around Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, initially, never admitted to being in a relationship with him. The couple reportedly fell in love on the sets of Bhansali`s Ram Leela and their love blossomed on the sets of Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. They tied the knot in November 2018.

Acting career
In 2006, Deepika Padukone made her acting debut with the Kannada film Aishwarya, where she played the lead character, Aishwarya. Her next release was director Farah Khan`s hit film Om Shanti Om, where she delivered a highly-acclaimed performance opposite Shah Rukh Khan, an actor Deepika has always admired. The actress bagged a Filmfare Award for the Best Female Debut and was also nominated for the Best Actress Award.

Her next few movies, however, didn`t win her much praise. Bachna Ae Haseeno, although a commercial success, saw the actress getting several negative reviews, and her role in the flop comedy film Chandni Chowk To China was also dismissed as sub-par. Although her film Love Aaj Kal, opposite Saif Ali Khan, was received with much more praise than her previous two films, her roles in subsequent films like Karthik Calling Karthik, Houseful, Lafangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Aarakshan, and Desi Boyz saw Deepika Padukone go into a slump.

The Bollywood actress` career took a turn for the better in 2012, with the hit film Cocktail. She earned several plaudits for this film and earned a reputation as an actress who looks good and can also act well. The superstar then went on to act in several successful films like Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, the off-beat Finding Fanny, and Tamil film Kochadaiiyaan, in which she acted opposite the legendary Rajinikanth. In 2015, Deepika Padukone starred in Piku, a comedy with an underlying feminist tone, in synchronization with Deepika`s real life beliefs. The Bollywood star then reunited on-screen with Ranbir Kapoor in the unconventional film Tamasha. Later that year, Deepika Padukone, with her alleged partner Ranveer Singh, and Priyanka Chopra, starred in the highly-acclaimed historical drama film Bajirao Mastani. Her first release of 2017 is her Hollywood debut XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel. In 2017, she made an special appearance in Dinesh Vijan`s Raabta.

Her 2018 Bollywood releases include Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s period drama Padmavati co-starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The film, being one of the most expensive Hindi film, became the actress` as well as Indian cinema`s highest grossing release.
Her 2020 release includes Chhapaak, directed by Meghna Gulzar. Her other releases include 83 (2021), Gehraiyaan, Untitled Prabhas 21 (2022), Baiju Bawra (2022), The Intern (2022), Fighter (2022) and Pathaan (2022).
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Did You Know? (17)

  • Deepika Padukone did a screen test for Beyond The Clouds, due to scheduling conflicts, she could not do the movie.
  • For the song Ghoomar from Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone did 66 twirls wearing heavy costumes and extravagant jewelry.
  • Deepika Padukone charged a remuneration of 13 crore INR for Padmaavat, making her the highest-paid actress in Bollywood.
  • Tamasha was initially offered to Anushka Sharma, however, she turned it down hence, the role went on to Deepika Padukone
  • Kick`s leading lady`s role was initially offered to Deepika Padukone but she did not want to work with Salman Khan.
  • The famous hand movements in folk-ish song Pinga have been borrowed from Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s cook and house help.
  • Deepika Padukone was the first choice for the role of the NASA scientist in Zero which then went to Anushka Sharma.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan and not Deepika Padukone, was director Rohit Shetty`s initial choice for Chennai Express.
  • Deepika Padukone was the first choice for Rockstar but Imtiaz Ali realized it would look a lot like Love Aaj Kal.
  • Before she made it big in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone was in a live-in relationship with actor-model Nihar Pandya.
  • In appreciation of her performance in Ram Leela, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan sent Deepika Padukone flowers.
  • Before her debut, Deepika Padukone took acting classes from Anupam Kher and dancing classes from Shaimak Davar.
  • Deepika Padukone was offered a role in Fast and Furious 7, but she turned down the offer due to date issues.
  • Deepika Padukone is the first Bollywood actress to have delivered four, 100 crore rupees plus hits, consecutively.
  • Deepika Padukone claimed Chhapaak has been the most emotionally and physically challenging role till date.
  • Deepika Padukone is related to the legendary Bollywood actor-director Guru Dutt, whose real name was Vasanth Padukone.
  • Deepika Padukone's costume in Padmaavat's song Ghoomar weighed close to 30 kgs.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "It`s very, very easy to get carried away by the fame, the success, the kind of love, appreciation, and adulation that we get."
  • "My choices are like my fingerprints, they make me unique."
  • "When you look at a person, any person, everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed their life. Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. They are signs of trying to remain strong for way too long."
  • "I feel ups and downs are a part of one's career, and this totally depends on how you take it. You can either be knocked down by the negative things, or you can take it in a positive way and learn from it."
  • "The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest."
  • "I'm a shy person. I contradict my own profession because I'm an introvert in a very glamorous world."
  • "Correct me if I am wrong, but I personally feel that the Indian body type is not cut out to be size zero. I am not size zero and I don't believe in that either."
  • "People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding."
  • "I don't think I am a star; I consider myself like any other girl who is of my age. Others may be working in an office and doing different jobs. Similarly, I don't think I am doing something different- I am also working."
  • "Never lose focus of what you want for yourself. People will try and pull you down. There might be things in your life, which will deter your confidence. There might be days when you want to break down; there could be days when you feel like giving up. It’s extremely important to be emotionally strong and be focused. Do it your own way. And don’t be afraid of making mistakes."
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