Deepika Padukone is one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities, known for some of her interesting set of roles and performances. She was born on January 5, 1986, in Copenhagen (Denmark) and grew up in Bangalore. Her parents speak Konkani, her father Prakash is an internationally acclaimed badminton player, while her mother Ujjala owns a travel agency. Anisha, Deepika’s sister is a golfer. Deepika studied at Sofia High School in Bangalore and then did the first two years of college at Mount Carmel College. She applied for a BA in sociology at Indira Gandhi National Open University but dropped out to pursue a modeling career.
Deepika Padukone debuted in a movie called ‘Aishwarya’, a Telugu film, in 2006. Her Bollywood debut followed a year later in the form of ‘Om Shanti Om. The actress did a double role in the very first film, opposite Shah Rukh Khan which went on to win her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her career graph over the next few years was inconsistent, with her performances in Love Aaj Kal (2009). Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) and Lafanga Parindey (2010) getting appreciated while her movies like Chandni Chowk to China, Break ke Baad, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey flopped like nine pins.
2013 – The Turning Point of her career
Deepika Padukone’s turning point came in the form of Cocktail in 2012, a movie which she co-starred with new comer Diana Penty and Saif Ali Khan. 2013 turned out to be a golden year with Deepika Padukone getting a 100 percent success rate for her films – Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Goliyon ki Raasleela –Ram Leela. In 2014, she had a semi hit ‘Finding Fanny’ while ‘Happy New Year’ turned out to be the second biggest blockbuster of the year.
Deepika Padukone’s career best performances till date has been in Goliyon ki Raasleela – Ram Leela. She even walked away with the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress. Apart from this, her performances in Chennai Express, Cocktail, Finding Fanny and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, have been well appreciated. Lafangey Parindey is one of her most under-rated performances where she played a blind girl.
During her modeling days, Deepika Padukone was linked with Upen Patel, the BIgg Boss 8 contestant. Deepika’s first boyfriend was Nihar Pandya, whom she met in her acting school days. There are reports that they were in a live-in relationship. Post her meteoric rise with Om Shanti Om, the couple split.
Deepika Padukone was linked with Yuvraj Singh, the romance was short-lived before the two broke up. After they separated, Deepika entered into a relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, while shooting for Bachna Ae Haseeno. She had even tattooed his name on her back. The couple broke up with Deepika alleging that Ranbir had cheated on her. She was vocal on Karan Johar’s show and said that Ranbir should endorse condom brands. She said, “The first time, he cheated on me; I thought there was something wrong with me or the relationship. But when someone makes this habit, it is evident that the person has a problem. I gave him a second chance; he begged and pleaded, even though people around me maintained that he was straying. I gave another chance to the relationship but then I caught him again. It took me a while to get out of this, but then I decided, no more going back.”
In 2011, Deepika Padukone was seen bonding with Siddharth Mallya, the owner of an IPL team and son of liquor baron and businessman Vijay Mallya. Though the shutterbugs caught them cozying up together, she remained tight-lipped about the relationship. By the turn of the year, it appeared that the relationship had fallen apart. Deepika on her own accord did not comment on the relationship between them.
Though Deepika worked with Ranbir Kapoor again in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ which turned out to be a huge hit, the couple took care not to be involved romantically with the other. Meanwhile Deepika had moved on with Ranveer Singh, ex-boyfriend of Anushka Sharma. Ranveer publicly stated that he is dating Deepika, which the actress did not deny. While Ranveer is hyper-energetic, buoyant, Deepika is more on the calmer side but the two share similar views of life, which is why the two seem to be quite comfortable with each other.
The 28 year old Deepika Padukone is the highest paid actress in Bollywood. She was paid Rs. 7 crore for ‘Bajirao Mastani ‘ which is 70 million rupees. On an average, her market price for a movie is Rs 4 to 5 crore which means that on a year, her net worth is Rs. 30 crore (which is 5 million USD). In 2012, she signed a contract deal with Garnier for Rs. 6 crore(60 million INR). Apart from this, she also endorses topline brands like Sony Cybershot, Maybelline, Pepsi, Vogue Eyewear, Tissot and Nescafe.
Deepika Padukone’s athletic figure, style sense has earned her many enviable titles. FHM India gave her the title of the ‘World’s Sexiest Woman’ in 2010 and 2014. People Magazine in India gave her the title of ‘India’s most beautiful woman’ while Times of India listed her as the ‘Most Desirable Woman’ for the years 2012 and 2013.
Height, Weight, and other trivia.
Deepika Padukone is one of the tallest actresses in Bollywood with a height of 5 feet 8 and 1/2 inches. She began to grow tall thanks to her interest in sports and badmnintion right from a young age. Though she is naturally athletic, she can add to her curves or get a defined toned figure according to the demands of her role. Read about Deepika’s Padukone’s fitness secrets.
She claims to be a foodie and loves South Indian food, including upma, dosa and poha. She loves bread and sausage too. Deepika steers clear of junk food though she had a sweet tooth. Her favorite cuisine is Mediterranean and her favorite restaurants are Olive in Mumbai and Sunny’s in Bangalore for their steamed fish, mash potatoes and grilled veggies. Her favorite street food is sev puri,which she digs from Ram and Shyam in Santacruz.
Deepika Padukone and her Tattoo
When she was deeply in love with Ranbir, Deepika had made an artistic tattoo with his name inscribed on it, and had it drawn on the back of her neck. Post her breakup, she did try to remove it through laser, according to sources but in the end, she decided to keep it. Deepika also has another tattoo on her left towards the ankle area.
Family photos of Deepika Padukone with her sister Anisha, mother and father
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Deepika Padukone sporting her tattoos