Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress, a fashion icon, and recipient of several awards, making her one of the most influential women in the world. Padukone’s movie roles range from Indian romantic comedies to action films such as the American action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage – which was her first Hollywood project.
Deepika Padukone Age
Deepika Padukone is the daughter of Ujjala Padukone, a travel agent and Prakash Padukone, a former international badminton player. She was born on January 5, 1986, in Copenhagen, Denmark, but was raised in Bangalore with her younger sister Anisha Padukone. It was in Bangalore, India that she attended Sophia High School and completed her pre-university education at Mount Carmel College.
Growing up, Padukone said it was all sports, school and little social life for her. Like her father, she started playing badminton competitively at the national level at a very young age. By the time she turned 21 and still inspired by acting, she moved to Mumbai to live with her aunt.
The actress’ only sister Anisha Padukone is an aspiring golfer and both siblings were raised by their parents and they attended the same college in Bengaluru. Despite a 5 year age gap between them, the sisters are very close; critics and fans of each other.
As a student, Padukone was an active athlete until modeling piqued her interest more than the game. With her parents’ permission, she started appearing on television commercials for several consumer products in India. Her media appearances attracted fashion designers and it wasn’t long before she debuted as a fashion model. After winning the Model of the Year award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards, Padukone’s prominence was on the fast lane. As offers for movie roles began to drop, she enrolled at Anupam Kher’s film academy.
Padukone’s emergence as Bollywood actress in 2006 has been described as a whiff of fresh air. Her first movie Aishwarya was a major commercial success, followed by Om Shanti Om. That year, she took home the Best Female Debut Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category. Over the years as an actress, she has featured in other top-ranking movies including Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008); Chandni Chowk To China (2009); Lafangey Parindey (2010); Dum Maaro Dum (2011); Cocktail (2012); Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express (2013); Happy New Year (2014); Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018) – all of which rated among the highest-grossing Indian movies of all time.
Like most successful celebrities, the Indian actress has fallen short of critics expectations. Some critics have gone as far as mocking her accent and described her as “wooden,” and despite being considered a sex symbol and most beautiful woman in India, her performance in her second break-through and financially successful movie Om Shanti Om, didn’t augur well with another magazine which noted that she was “mannequin-like and utterly devoid of “fire and zing.” But all those seem to have been thrust aside as there are more praises for her performance, kudos to her touted discipline, professionalism, dedication, and perseverance.
More than being a famous actress and model, Deepika Padukone has business interests in fashion. She owns two clothing lines in collaboration with an American clothing company since 2013 and an Indian fashion portal. Her other stakes and activities include The Live Love Laugh Foundation which she established to create awareness on mental health in India.
Her theory of feminism is that is non-aggression. Padukone believes it’s about getting to the top yet remain soft.
In 2016, Padukone was ranked as the sixth highest-paid actress in India and tenth highest-paid actress in the world by Forbes who calculated her annual income to be $11 million. Besides salaries from acting, the star’s major income streams from numerous endorsements from advertising for dozens of national and international brands like Nike, mobile companies, and other products.
The Bollywood superstar has grown into the very epitome of gorgeousness and thanks to her athletic disposition, her body measurement has been deemed worthy to grace many front pages of magazines and wallpapers. Deepika Padukone’s height 5ft 8 1⁄2 in (1.74m) plus her eyes, smiles are seen as distinctive physical features of an ultimate role model for a healthy, fit and active lifestyle. A UK magazine also named her the Sexiest Asian Woman.
The Bollywood star has been linked in high profile relationships starting from the time she moved to Mumbai at the cradle of her now burgeoning career. Among her male suitors and admirals are international athletes, models and co-star, and filmmakers. However, none seemed to hold through enough to put a ring on it.
Deepika Padukone is currently in a serious relationship with Ranveer Singh, a co-star and the duo have been reportedly dating for about five years. Indian news media are speculating on a possible wedding in November 2018. Nevertheless, the actress has been open about her belief in happily-ever-after. Like her parent, she wishes for a family of her own.