Padukone- born January 5, 1986 is an Indian supermodel turned actress
who appears in Bollywood movies.
Padukone was born to Ujjala and Prakash Padukone on January 5, 1986 in
Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore when she was only
eleven months old. Her father Prakash Padukone is a badminton player of
international repute, while her mother is a travel agent. Padukone also
has a younger sister named Anisha and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.
Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore. She completed her
ICSE studies from Mount Carmel College. While in high school she played
badminton at the state level like her father and was a member of her
father's badminton club. However, she wasn't keen on pursuing a career
as a badminton player and abandoned it because of her ICSE exams.
While pursuing her studies in college, she decided to pursue a career in
modelling due to her tall slender figure. Over the years, she has
modeled for famous Indian brand names like Liril, Dabur Lal powder,
Close-Up toothpaste and Limca. She received many prestigious modeling
offers, which included her becoming the brand ambassadorship of the
Jewels of India. Padukone hit the international scene when Maybelline
made her their new international cover-girl face.
At the 5th annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards she was awarded the title of
Model of the Year. Shortly afterwards, she was chosen as one of the
models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006 and won two
trophies at the Idea Zee Fashion Awards, Female Model of the Year -
(Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the Year, later that year.
Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines
and most recently Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.
After pursuing a successful career in modeling, Padukone branched
out a career into acting. She started by starring in the music video for
the song Naam Hai Tera from the independent pop album Aap Kaa Surroor by
In 2006, Padukone made her cinematic debut in the Kannada film,
Aishwarya staring opposite actor Upendra. She later made a successful
Bollywood debut in 2007 with Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh
Khan. The film went on to become the biggest hit of the year, both in
India and abroad. The film featured her portraying Shantipriya - a 1970s
superstar, and later as Sandy - a contemporary teenager. Her performance
was well received, earning the actress a Filmfare Best Female Debut
Award as well as her first Filmfare Best Actress nomination. Taran
Adarsh from india FM noted, "Deepika has all it takes to be a top star
-- the personality, the looks and yes, she's supremely talented too.
Standing in the same frame as SRK and getting it right is no small
achievement. She comes as a whiff of fresh air!"
Padukone is currently working on Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseenon
opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk To China
opposite Akshay Kumar.
Awards & nominations
2008: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award; Om Shanti Om
2008: Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year Award; Om Shanti Om
2008: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Om Shanti Om[
Star Screen Awards
2008: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Om Shanti
2008: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahrukh Khan; Om Shanti
Zee Cine Awards
2008: Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut; Om Shanti Om
2008: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - Female; Om Shanti Om
2008: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Om Shanti Om
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2008: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards' Best Female
Debut; Om Shanti Om
2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Nayi
Heroine; Om Shanti Om
2007: HT Café Film Awards, Best Newcomer Award (Female); Om Shanti Om
2008: Reebok Zoom Glam Awards, Glam Debutant (Female); Om Shanti Om
2008: Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Breakthrough Role
(Female); Om Shanti Om