Deepika Padukone Movies & News
Deepika Padukone Movies & News

Deepika Padukone

  • Actor

Jan 05, 1986

Deepika Padukone is a popular Indian film actress and model. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and brought up in Bangalore, India. She made her acting debut in 2006 with a leading role in Aishwarya, a Kannada film and the young lady shot to prominence with her first Bollywood release Om Shanti Om, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Since then, she has acted in several hit films like Cocktail, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Piku, and Bajirao Mastani, picking up several awards along the way.

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.

Although she is often seen around Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone hasn't admitted to being in a relationship with him. The two stars have worked together on many films and just claim to enjoy one another's company.

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. Her 2017 Bollywood releases include Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmavati co-starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, and a special appearance in Dinesh Vijan's Raabta.
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Trivia

In appreciation of her performance in Ram Leela, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan sent Deepika Padukone a bouquet of flowers. The actress says that this is one of her most cherished gifts.

Deepika Padukone is the first Bollywood actress to have delivered four rupees 100-crore-plus hits, consecutively. The four movies include Race 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, and Ram Leela, all of which saw the actress perform brilliantly.

Deepika Padukone is related to the legendary Bollywood actor-director Guru Dutt, whose real name was Vasanth Padukone.

Before breaking into Bollywood, Deepika Padukone took acting classes from Anupam Kher and dancing classes from Shaimak Davar.

Kareena Kapoor, and not Deepika Padukone, was director Rohit Shetty`s initial choice to act in Chennai Express opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Before she made it big in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone was in a live-in relationship with struggling actor and model Nihar Pandya.

The famous hand movements in the folk-ish song Pinga have been borrowed from Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s cook and house help.

The leading lady`s role in Kick was intially offered to Deepika Padukone. However, the actress rejected it because she did not want to work with Salman Khan.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage marks the debut of the popular Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone in Hollywood. Interestingly she was offered a role in the Vin Diesel starrer Fast & Furious 7 but she turned down the offer due to date issues.

Deepika Padukone was the first choice to be a part of Rockstar, but Imtiaz Ali realised that the scenes would look a lot like Love Aaj Kal`s, which is why he cast Nargis Fakhri instead of her.

Tamasha was initially offered to Anushka Sharma, however, she turned down the role because she thought the role wasn`t meaty enough for her and that the movie was eventually about Ranbir Kapoor`s character. Hence, the role went on to Deepika Padukone.

Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role in the movie Padmavati, charged a remuneration of 13 crore INR, making her the highest paid actress in Bollywood (as of 2017).

In her preparation for the song Ghoomar from Padmavati, Deepika Padukone was trained in the Ghoomar dance form by Jyothi D Tommaar, the assistant only authentic Ghoomar academy in India. In the song, Deepika Padukone has done 66 twirls wearing the heavy costume and the extravagant jewelry.

Ventures

Deepika Padukone has her own line of women`s clothing called `All About You`.

Social and Humanitarian Work

Padukone is a social activist who believes in feminism and works hard to spread awareness on mental health. To this effect, she founded Live Love Laugh, an organization to create awareness on mental health in India.

In 2010, Deepika Padukone adopted Ambegaon, a village in Maharashtra, to provide the villagers with electricity, in collaboration with NDTV`s Jai Jawaan, a reality show.

Deepika Padukone is an active supporter of the Olympic Gold Quest, an organization cofounded by her father, to support athletes at the Olympic Games.

Endorsements

As on of Bollywood`s most recognized personalities, Deepika Padukone has been associated with products for several highprofile brands like Liril, Garnier, Nescafe, Sony CyberShot, Tissot, Pepsi, Maybelline, and Vogue Eyewear.

Gossip & Controversy

Deepika Padukone starred in a two-and-a-half minute Women`s Empowerment Video for Vogue, called My Choice, in 2015. The highly controversial video about feminism has been viewed several million times, has split people`s opinions and received a lot of criticism. In the video, Padukone speaks of how it`s a women`s choice how to behave, what to do, and who to love.Statements like it`s a woman`s choice to have sex outside of marriage have been heavily criticized. Some say that the video appears to be promoting the superiority of women over men rather than their equality and the film gives a distorted view of feminism.

On 14th September 2014, the Times of India, one of India`s top media houses tweeted a video zooming into Deepika Padukone`s cleavage, captioned, OMG: Deepika Padukone`s cleavage show!. The news outlet was on the receiving end of immense criticism from celebrities and deeregular citizens alike, with Padukone herself tweeting, Supposedly India`s `LEADING` newspaper and this is `NEWS`!!?? She added, YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND cleavage! You got a problem!!?? The Times of India after getting a lot of flak attempted at defending themselves, calling Padukone a hypocrite, and only conceding that the headline could have been better.

Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor shared a love-hate relationship for some time. After appearing together on a controversial episode of Koffee With Karan, where the two openly took shots at other celebrities, including Padukone`s former flame Ranbir Kapoor, Padukone patched up with the actor, leaving Sonam Kapoor bitter, and taking to twitter to take digs at Padukone.

In 2009, a year after they began dating, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone ended their relationship. Although Ranbir initially claimed that the break-up was mutual, he later admitted to infidelity. When asked about this in an interview, the actor said, ``Yes, I have, out of immaturity, out of inexperience, out of taking advantage of certain temptations, out of callousness.`` The two are, however, on good terms and continue to share a friendly and professional relationship.

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