Biography of Deepika Padukone:
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani.
She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising campaigns for Liril, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, receiving many prestigious modeling offers, including brand ambassadorship of the Jewels of India, an annual jewelery exhibition. She hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international cover-girl face.
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 jewelery 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 international hit Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan. The film featured her portraying 1970s star Shantipriya and later as Sandhya aka Sandy, a young woman who looks exactly like Shantipriya. 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 next appeared in Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) opposite Ranbir Kapoor and then the Warner Bros.-Rohan Sippy collaboration, Chandni Chowk to China, released on January 16, 2009. She recently starred in Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal (2009) opposite Saif Ali Khan.
Padukone is currently dating fellow actor Ranbir Kapoor, son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. She was also in news lately for her affairs with Indian cricketer and captain (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and with Yuvraj Singh.
Awards and 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: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Om Shanti
- 2008: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahrukh Khan; Om Shanti Om
- 2008: IIFA Awards' Best Debutant (Female); Om Shanti Om
- 2008: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards' Best Female Debut; Om Shanti Om
- 2008: Asian Film Awards' Best Actress; Om Shanti Om
- 2009: Asian Film Awards' Best Actress; Chandni Chowk to China
- 2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite, 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
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Shantipriya & |
Sandhya aka Sandy
|Hindi||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||Gayatri||Hindi|
|2009||Chandni Chowk to China||Sakhi (Ms.TSM) & |
Meow Meow (Suzy)
|Billu||Herself||Hindi||Special appearance in song Love Mera Hit Hit|
|Love Aaj Kal||Meera Pandit||Hindi|
|Main Aur Mrs. Khanna||Raina||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Love 4 Ever||Herself||Telugu||Special appearance (Item number)|
|2010||Kartik Calling Kartik||Hindi||Filming|