Deepika Padukone (born January 5, 1986) is an Indian model turned actress. Deepika Padukone is daughter of former World badminton Champion Prakash Padukone and mother Ujjala Padukone, Deepika grew up into a sultry model with dreams in her eyes to make it big in showbiz industry. Though she played badminton during her school days and reached to the level of a State player, she did not take her game to the national level as she had set her sights on the glamorous world of showbiz. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, at eleven months old she moved to Mangalore, Karnataka when her family returned to India
She attended high school in Dehli. She was a proud member of the dance club run by her father. She has been modeling for advertising Liril soap, Dabur Lal powder Part plus shampoo and Limca, receiving many prestigious modelling offers, including brand ambassadorship of the Jewels of India, an annual jewellery festival. She hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international covergirl face.
At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards, for Indian models and designers, 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. She also won two trophies at the Idea Zee F Awards in 2006 – Female Model of the year (Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the year. She recently did a commercial for Moods condoms. She is a brand ambassador for Kingfisher Airlines .
Deepika Padukone looks a natural athlete with a height of 5 ft 9 inches. She was born on January 5th 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark and spent her childhood in Bangalore. She did her schooling from Sophia’s High School, Bangalore and completed her undergraduate program from Mount Carmel College. Deepika Padukone entered the international Scenario with her first campaign with Maybelline, one of the most renowned cosmetic brands. Deepika Padukone was associated with the glamour world from the very childhood and has appeared in various advertisement campaigns including that of Close-up, Liril and so on. Deepika Padukone has received formal training in Bharatnatyam dancing and has also played badminton at the state level like her father. But unlike her father she could not continue the game because of her board exams and to add to this was acting which was her passion as she could associate herself with it but she was not very comfortable with playing badminton. Deepika’s mother, Ujjala Padukone is a travel agent. This beautiful actress has a younger sister named Anisha. Her graceful appearance and dimpled smile made her feature in Kingfisher’s Swimsuit calendar 2006. The title for the female model of the year for commercial assignments and Fresh Face of the year at Idea Zee F Awards has also been awarded to her. This actress has maintained her stardom with grace as she is very calm and composed. Aishwariya Rai is her idol and to be like her she has a long way to go in her acting career.
Deepika’s schooling was done in Sophia’s High School, Bangalore and she did her undergraduate studies from Mount Carmel College. Her father is the legendary Badminton player Prakash Padukone who was one of India’s greatest sportsmen. Her mother is a travel agent.
Padukone has branched out from modeling into acting. She started by starring in the music video for Naam Hai Tera a song from the pop album Aap Ka Suroor, an independent album by Himesh Reshammiya.
More recently Padukone made her cinematic debut in a Kannada film Aishwarya. Padukone made her Bollywood debut in the Farah Khan- directed film Om Shanti Om, opposite Shah Rukh Khan. In the movie, she has been depicted as a 1970s superstar Shantipriya and later as Sandhya aka Sandy. Padukone has already signed Priyadarshan’s next film Pirate, and Made In China opposite Akshay Kumar.