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Deepika Padukone
Born January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05) (age 24)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2006–present

Deepika Padukone (Kannada/Konkani:ದೀಪಿಕಾ ಪಡುಕೋಣೆ); born 5 January 1986) is an Indian actress and a former model. Padukone made her acting debut with the 2006 Kannada film Aishwarya. The following year, she made her Hindi film debut with the blockbuster Om Shanti Om which earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.


Early life and background

Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, India, when she was eleven months old.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore, and completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore.[4] While in high school she played badminton at the state level.[5] However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player.[6]



While in college, Padukone pursued a career in modeling.[7] She was spotted in a ramp competition in NLS, Bangalore.[citation needed] 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.[8] The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson.[9]

At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards she was awarded the title "Model of the Year".[10] 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".[11][12] Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and later Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.[13]


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.[14][15] 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!"[16] 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.[17] .

Padukone will be next seen in Excel Entertainment’s Karthik Calling Karthik opposite Farhan Akhtar, which is slated to release on 26 February 2010. Her future projects include Sajid Khan’s Housefull alongside Akshay Kumar, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, and Kunal Kohli’s Break Ke Baad co-starring Imran Khan.

Other work

In 2009, Deepika started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of Hindustan Times. These columns appear online on social network, Desimartini.[18]

Personal life

In March 2008, Padukone began dating Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star from the film Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).[19] The couple broke up in November 2009.[20]

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards



Star Screen Awards



Zee Cine Awards



IIFA Awards



Stardust Awards


Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards


  • 2008: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards' Best Female Debut; Om Shanti Om[31]
  • 2010: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards' Chevrolet Heartbeat of the Nation (Female)

Asian Film Awards


Other awards

  • 2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite, Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine; Om Shanti Om[32]
  • 2007: HT Café Film Awards, Best Newcomer Award (Female); Om Shanti Om[33]
  • 2008: Reebok Zoom Glam Awards, Glam Debutant (Female); Om Shanti Om[34]
  • 2008: Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Breakthrough Role (Female); Om Shanti Om[35]


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 Releasing on 30 April 2010
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Hindi Kalpana Datta Filming[36]
Break Ke Baad Hindi Aaliya Announced[37]


See also


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  2. ^ "Padukone village". Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  3. ^ "‘I’m completely charmed by Ranbir’". Times of India (Chaturvedi, Vinita). Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  4. ^ "". 
  5. ^ "Transcript of LIVE CHAT with Model, Deepika Padukone at noon on Thursday, 3 March 2005 in Mumbai". Retrieved 2005-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Deepika Padukone - Biography". Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Smash hit on the ramp". Indiatimes. 
  8. ^ Deepika is the jewel
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  11. ^ Model of the Year
  12. ^ Fresh Face of the Year
  13. ^ "Buy Deepika Padukone's pair of jeans". 
  14. ^ "Box Office 2007". BoxOffice Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Overseas Earnings (Figures in Ind Rs)". BoxOffice Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  16. ^ Adarsh, Taran (7 November 2007). "Movie Review: Om Shanti Om". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  17. ^ "2009’s third biggest hit: Love Aaj Kal". 
  18. ^ "Deepika Padukone columns". Desimartini. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  19. ^ IANS (17 March 2008). "I've been dating Deepika for few weeks: Ranbir Kapoor". 
  20. ^ Lalwani, Vickey (3 November 2009). "Deepika-Ranbir call it quits!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  21. ^ a b Bollywood Hungama News Network (23 February 2008). "Winners of 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  22. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (6 February 2008). "Nominees - 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  23. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (11 February 2010). "Nominations for 55th Idea Filmfare Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  24. ^ a b (10 January 2008). "Taare... sweeps Screen Awards, but Chak De named best film". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  25. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (31 December 2009). "Nominations for Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  26. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (27 April 2008). "Winners of the Zee Cine Awards 2008". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  27. ^ Nijjar, Lucky (29 March 2008). "ZEE Cine Awards nominations list announced". Biz Asia. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  28. ^ "And the award goes to...". IBNLive. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  29. ^ Bollywood Hungama News Network (16 April 2008). "Nominations for the IIFA Awards 2008". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  30. ^ IndiaFM News Bureau (25 December 2007). "Nominations for Max Stardust Awards 2008". IndiaFM. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  31. ^ PTI (31 March 2008). "'Chak De..' has a field day at Producers Guild Awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  32. ^ Team (24 December 2007). "SRK is Star Gold's 'Sabsey' favourite hero". Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  33. ^ Kotwani, Hiren (30 December 2007). "Starry debut for HT Café Film Awards". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  34. ^ TNN (16 January 2008). "Deepika:2008 Glam Debutante". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  35. ^ IANS (11 March 2008). "OSO sweeps Central European Awards". Sify. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  36. ^ Taran Adarsh (11 November 2009). "Ashutosh Gowarikar, PVR starts 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'". Bollywood Hungama. 
  37. ^ Subhash K Jha (5 J anuary 2010). "Deepika-Imran in Kunal Kohli's 'Break Ke Baad'". Mid-Day. 
  38. ^ "Deepika movies in 2010". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 

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