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Early life and background
Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, India, when she was eleven months old. Padukone is of Mangalorean origin, and her mother tongue is Konkani. Her lineage hails from Padukone village in Kundapura Taluk in the Udupi District of the state of Karnataka, India.Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a retired badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Padukone also has a younger sister, Anisha, born on February 2, 1991.
Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore, and completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College Bangalore. While in high school she played badminton at the state level. However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player.
While in college, Padukone pursued a career in modeling. She was spotted in a ramp competition in NLS, Bangalore. Over the years, she has modeled for such Indian brand names as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and has been "brand ambassador" for the Jewels of India retail jewellery show. The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson.
At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards she was awarded the title "Model of the Year". Shortly afterward, 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". Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and later Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.
After pursuing a successful career in modeling, Padukone branched out 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 Himesh Reshammiya.
In 2006, Padukone made her cinematic debut in the Kannada film Aishwarya starring opposite actor Upendra. She later made a successful Bollywood debut in 2007 with Farah Khan's blockbuster Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan. 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 indiaFM 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 was then seen in Siddharth Anand's romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Ranbir Kapoor and alongside Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba. The film, which released on 15 August 2008, performed reasonably well at the box office. Her next film Chandni Chowk To China, released on 16 January 2009, and was a critical and commercial disaster. Padukone's fourth release Love Aaj Kal, released on 31 July 2009 and proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2009.
Padukone was last seen in Excel Entertainment’s Karthik Calling Karthik opposite Farhan Akhtar followed by Sajid Khan’s Housefull alongside Akshay Kumar. Her future projects include Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, and Kunal Kohli’s Break Ke Baad co-starring Imran Khan.
In 2009, Deepika started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of Hindustan Times. These columns appear online on social network, Desimartini.
In March 2008, Padukone began dating Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star from the film Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). The couple broke up in November 2009.
Awards and nominations
See also: List of awards and nominations received by Deepika Padukone
Year Film Language Role Notes
2006 Aishwarya Kannada Aishwarya
2007 Om Shanti Om Hindi Shantipriya,
Sandhya (Sandy) Double-Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award &
Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Hindi Gayatri
2009 Chandni Chowk to China Hindi Sakhi (Ms. TSM),
Meow Meow (Suzy) Double role
Billu Hindi Herself Special appearance in the song Love Mera Hit Hit
Love Aaj Kal Hindi Meera Pandit Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Hindi Raina Khan Special appearance
Love 4 Ever Telugu Herself Special appearance for an item number
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Hindi Shonali Mukherjee
Housefull Hindi Sandy Released on 30 April 2010
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Hindi Kalpana Datta Filming
Break Ke Baad Hindi Aaliya Filming.