Deepika Padukone (Kannada: ದೀಪಿಕಾ ಪಡುಕೋಣೆ )is an Indian model turned actress who appears in Bollywood movies.
While in college, Padukone pursued a career in modeling. Over the years, she has modeled for such Indian brand names such as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and "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, which released on January 16, 2009. As of January 2009, she is working on Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal opposite Saif Ali Khan.
What's the private Deepika like?:
"I'm a shy person. I contradict my own profession, because I'm an introvert in a very glamourous world. I'm not snobbish. I guess, I've got a lot of values from my parents. Right now, I'm nervous. This year is a turning point. It's a dream world of interviews, travelling, meeting people -- I'm loving it all. When I'm not working, I chill-out with friends or fly home to my parents in Bangalore. It calms me. Life's good at the moment. Real good."
What food do you eat?
During shoots I eat regular ghar ka khana (home made food) with dal roti sabzi raita salad and some non vegetarian. But if it’s studio food then I stick to idlis and very light food.
Breakfast - I can’t do without breakfast. I have a huge breakfast - sometimes we have non vegetarian - sometimes upma, idlis, dosa, parathas - whatever it is I eat a lot of it.
For lunch I have two rotis and some vegetable and salad and some rice and dal so that makes it a balanced diet and it covers everything. I avoid rice and non vegetarian at night.
Do you practise yoga?
Yes I have just started yoga-I do it in the evenings. I go to a school.
1. Kartik Calling Kartik (2009) (pre-production)
2. Love Aaj Kal (2009) (post-production) .... Meera
3. Chandni Chowk to China (2009) .... Sakhi/Suzy 'Meow Meow' 'Miss TSM'
... aka Made in China (India: English title: working title) (USA: informal alternative title)
... aka C.C.2.C. (India: English title: promotional abbreviation)
4. Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) .... Gayatri
5. Om Shanti Om (2007) .... Shanti Priya/Sandhya aka Sandi
1. "So You Think You Can Dance" (2 episodes, 2008)
- Results Show: Winner Announced (2008) TV episode (performer: "Dhoom Taana")
- The Top 12 Perform (2008) TV episode (performer: "Dhoom Taana")
1. Billu (2009) .... Herself 'Love mera hit hit'
Society 'Young Achievers Award' (2004)
Kingfisher Award for 'Model of the Year' (2004, 2005)
Elle's 'Model of the Year'
F Award for 'Model of the Year' (2005, 2006)
F Award for 'Best Commercial Assignments' (2005, 2006)
Lions International Gold Award (2007) 'Best Actress Award' OSO
Star Gold Sabsey Favourite Kaun (2008) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
The Hindustan Times Cafe Awards (2007) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
Reebok Zoom Glam Awards (2008) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
Stardust Awards (2008) 'Superstar of Tomorrow' OSO Nomination
Nokia 14th Annual Star Screen Awards (2008) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
Nokia 14th Annual Star Screen Awards (2008) 'Best Jodi' (SRK) OSO
Filmfare Awards (2008) 'Best Actress' OSO Nomination
Filmfare Awards (2008) 'Best Debut' OSO
Filmfare Awards (2008) 'Face of the Year Award'
5th Annual Central European Bollywood Awards (ACEB) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
Sunsilk Apsara Producers Guild Awards (2008) 'Best Newcomer' OSO
Zee Cine Awards (2008) 'Best Debut' OSO
IFFA Awards (2008) 'Best Debut' OSO
Maxim Hot 100 (2008) 'Winner'
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Writing Hand: Right Handed
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Languages: Hindi, English & Kannada
Personal: Spiritual and believes in prayer, does not smoke or drink. Likes to stay at home and have 'get togethers' with her friends at home playing board games!
Acting Coach: Anupam Kher in Mumbai
Fitness Consultant: Lisa John
Discovered by: Anila Anand in Bangalore
Role Model: Madhu Sapre.
Favorite Book: Little Women & 'The Kite Runner' by Khalid Hosseini
Favorite Holiday Spot: The French Riviera
Favorite Cuisine: Thai
Favorite Drink: Nimbu Panni
Favorite Perfume: Escada
Favorite Outfit: Saree
My advice to aspiring models: Don’t make modelling a profession till the time you start getting lot of work. Rather pursue it as a hobby and once you know your feet are settled opt for it full time. That’s what I did.
Height: 5' 9"
Eyes: Dark Brown
Shoes: 9 ½