Deepika Padukone, born 1986, is an Indian supermodel. She is also the daughter of former World badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Deepika has had modelling appearances in print and television advertising campaigns for Liril soap, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, receiving many prestigious modelling offers, including brand ambassadorship of the Jewels of India, an annual jewellery exhibition. She hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international cover 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, thus cementing her reputation as a supermodel. She also bagged two trophies at the Idea Zee F Awards in 2006 – Female Model of the year (Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the year. Like many successful models before her Deepika is turning to acting in Bollywood. 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 popular Bollywood singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya. Deepika recently made her cinematic debut in a Kannada film, Aishwarya, directed by Indrajit Lankesh. Her co-stars in the movie is top Kannada hero Upendra. The film has already been successful at the box-office, and Deepika has received reviews which praise her for her great screen presence. Reportedly, she has also signed on three Hindi movies – Priyadarshan’s forthcoming film, Pirate, Farah Khan’s second directorial venture, Om Shanti Om and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6. All three are slated for a 2007 release. However, Deepika has categorically denied ever having met Priyadarshan, and claims she is not doing his film. Khan’s and Mehra’s films, however, seem very much on the anvil, though she is reluctant to talk about them with the press and won’t confirm or deny developments. Deepika was also signed a Tamil film opposite Surya entitled Vaaranam Aayiram to be directed by Gautham Menon but backed out at the last moment as the dates required for the film were clashing with Om Shanti Om.
She was chosen as the ‘Model of the Year’ by Kingfisher at its Fashion Awards; and further was awarded the ‘Female Model of the Year’ award in commercial assignments category and ‘Fresh Face of the Year’ at Idea Zee Fashion F Awards.
This pretty girl has a long way to go in Bollywood and many predict that she will be the next big thing in Bollywood.
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.
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.
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