Deepika Padukone, born on January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, is an Indian model and actress. She is the daughter of badminton player Prakash Padukone, and was also a competitive player of the sport before she pursued modelling. During the early days of her career, she modelled for various brands and appeared in Liril soap commercials. She made her runway debut in 2005 for designer Suneet Varma at Lakme Fashion Week, and also won Model of the Year at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. She later appeared in the 2006 Kingfisher Calendar print campaign and Himesh Reshammiya’s music video for the song “Naam Hai Tera” which gave her wide recognition.
Deepika Padukone made her film debut in the 2006 movie “Aishwarya.” A year later, she starred in the melodrama film “Om Shanti Om” where she was awarded Best Female Debut and nominated for Best Actress during the Filmfare Awards. This film was considered as Padukone’s breakthrough performance with critics praising her performance.
Padukone has had several ups and downs throughout her film career, but her portrayal in the 2012 romantic comedy “Cocktail.” She received several Best Actress nominations at the Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards, and Screen Awards among many. In 2013, she established herself as a leading contemporary actress in Hindi cinema by appearing in four top-grossing films of that year. Years passed, Padukone has had a stream of successful movies and awards from different award ceremonies.
Deepika Padukone has done different works for charity as well. She participated in the 2009 World 10K Bangalore marathon to support 81 NGOs, and provided the village of Maharashtrian with a regular supply of energy as part of NDTV’s Greenathon Campaign. Padukone is also involved with the Olympic Gold Quest team, a cause established by her father and Geet Sethi to support India’s athletes at the Olympic Games.
Deepika Padukone is considered as a style icon and sex symbol by the media. She ranked number 1 in Indian Maxim’s “Hot 100” list and was dubbed “India’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine – India in 2012, which are just among of her many titles.