Deepika Padukone: biography
Deepika Padukone is a famous Indian actress and model who has won two Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. Her home country views the celebrity as one of the most popular and attractive people.
Childhood and youth
Deepika Padukone was born on January 5, 1986, in the capital of Denmark. When the girl was eleven months old, the parents moved to Bangalore, India. The would-be artist’s father was a former professional badminton player Prakash Padukone; the mother, Ujjala, worked as a travel agent. Deepika has a sister Anisha, who is five years younger.
Similar to her grandfather and father, Deepika played badminton. She would probably become a success in this sphere, but sports career did not seem attractive for her. As long as Padukone finished school, she passed the exams to the Indira Gandhi National Open University to study sociology.
One day, modeling agents noticed the charming, tall beauty. She has perfect sizes and measures for the industry: 87-61-91,5. Her height is 5.71 feet (174 cm.), and her weight is 132.28 lbs. (60 kg.).
As a first-year student, the model was shining on the Lakme Fashion Week runways. Soon, Deepika began to collaborate with many popular brands: Dabur Lal, Liril, Limca, Close-Up, and so on. Maybelline did not hesitate to hire Padukone to represent the company worldwide.
The hard work paid off in a while: the woman gained the Model of the Year title at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. She almost immediately shot for the Kingfisher Swimsuit calendar and became an ambassador for Levi Strauss. The Idea Zee F Awards for Fresh Face of the Year and Kingfisher Fashion Awards for Model of the Year were other significant achievements of that period.
Deepika Padukone’s movies
The young woman was successful in her first movie Aishwarya (2006), filmed in the South-Indian language Kannada; the project was pretty popular in the region. However, the breakthrough came only the next year, when the romantic melodrama Om Shanti Om was released. The beginning artist personified a movie star of the 1970s and collaborated with Shah Rukh Khan. It was created in the more widespread language, Hindi. Interestingly, Deepika agreed to participate in the movie for free: the very invitation was an award for her.
In 2007, Om Shanti Om became the number one movie in India; the actress gained the most prestigious prize in the country, Filmfare Awards, in the Best Female Debut category. As the star told journalists later, her family had nothing to do with cinematography, and she had to earn her fame in Bollywood without anybody’s support. Thus, the screen experience and cooperation with Shah Rukh Khan were more than valuable for her.
Since that time, Deepika has appeared in many Indian movies, not all of which were starry. For example, the audience welcomed the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno (Watch Out, Ladies) but criticized the young actress’s work there.
The comedy drama Love Aaj Kal was entirely different: both critics and ordinary viewers loved Padukone’s character. Besides, the artist was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
The action Lafangey Parindey brought the lead part of Pinky Palkar. It is the story about a street guy Nandu (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who does a lot of fighting and dreams of leading the local band. However, the young man’s life turns upside down when he meets charming Pinky.
In 2013, fans could enjoy their favorite’s acting in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
Nowadays, Deepika continues to conquer the cinematographic peaks. Many of her projects have been nominated to Filmfare Award, and she cooperated with top Bollywood actors. In Bajirao Mastani, one could see her with Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh; Chennai Express gave another opportunity to work with Shah Rukh Khan.
In 2014, the celebrities appeared in the movie Happy New Year. Padukone’s character, a dancer, helped people prepare for a dancing competition. The project grossed $55 million worldwide, but many media criticized the artist’s gaudy look. In comparison, the audience welcomed Deepika’s 2015 movie Piku starring Amitabh Bachchan; it brought her the second Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
There have been several parts in the English language. While ordinary people are not much familiar with the comedy Finding Fanny, the fantastic action xXx: Return of Xander Cage premiered in January 2017 proved to be popular internationally. Vin Diesel personified the main character. Thus, even Hollywood recognized the woman’s talent.
Although the actress does not like to reveal the details of her personal life, one could guesstimate that she used to date Ranbir Kapoor. The couple split up in 2009; rumors had it that Kapoor’s cheating was the reason.
Today, the actor Ranveer Singh is Deepika’s boyfriend. The lovers work hard on many projects and sometimes fail to spend much time together. As a result, some media report their break-up, but Padukone and her partner deny them.
The celebrities have not set the date of their wedding; fans are looking forward to the moment when the beauty will call Singh her husband. The couple has no children; speculations about Padukone’s pregnancy arise from time to time.
Almost 40 million people follow the Indian actress’s Instagram. She frequently shares personal and work-related photos and videos. Besides, Deepika has an official Twitter page.
June 2017 was marked with the premiere of the movie Raabta. As the story runs, the main characters, Shiv (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Saira (Deepika Padukone), fall in love at first sight. However, another man interrupts the couple’s happiness: he claims he had been in love with Saira in the previous life and insists the woman must stay with him. The project starred Rajkummar Rao, Jim Sarbh, Kriti Sanon, and others.
The 2018 drama Padmaavat gave another lead role. The story is set in 1303 when the sultan Alauddin Khalji conquers half of India. He listens to his former spiritual teacher, who claims that Khalji’s power will grow if he gets another ruler’s wife, Padmavati. Thus, the sultan is obsessed with this idea and takes his army to Ratan Singh’s fortress Chittor; he guarantees that the city will not be destroyed if Singh hands in his wife.
Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, and Aditi Rao Hydari became the actress’s stage partners in this movie.
The action Vishal Bhardwaj Untitled is going to become the artist’s next project; she will play the main character. There has been no information about the release date. Irrfan Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Brij Gopal will appear there, too.
In April 2018, it was announced that Vin Diesel’s studio One Race Films and The H Collective bought the rights for filming the fourth part of the xXx franchise. Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone will return to their parts; Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose will participate as well.
In May, the actress had another brilliant appearance on the red carpet in Cannes. The audience warmly welcomed her, as well as her colleagues Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor.
Deepika Padukone’s net worth is $25 million in 2019.
- 2007 – Om Shanti Om
- 2009 – Love Aaj Kal (Love Nowadays)
- 2010 – Lafangey Parindey (Cheeky Birds)
- 2011 – Aarakshan (Reservation)
- 2012 – Cocktail
- 2013 – Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (A Play of Bullets: Ram-Leela)
- 2014 – Finding Fanny
- 2014 – Happy New Year
- 2015 – Piku
- 2015 – Tamasha (Pageant)
- 2017 – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
- 2017 – Raabta (Connection)
- 2017 – Padmaavat
- 2018 – Zero