The Indian film actress born on 5 January 1986. As of 2017, This diva is the highest-paid actress in India and is the recipient of several awards including Filmfare Awards.
Deepika Padukone, the daughter of the badminton player Prakash Padukone, was born in Copenhagen and brought up in Bangalore. As an adolescent, she played badminton in national level titles yet left her vocation in the game to wind up noticeably a fashion model.
She soon got offers for films and influenced her acting presentation in 2006 with the title to the character of the Kannada film, Aishwarya. Padukone then played a dual role in her first Bollywood release, the 2007 blockbuster, Om Shanti Om.
The new age dream girl over the period has not only conquered the Bollywood but also left her mark on Hollywood. On her birthday, here is a quick rundown of her journey in the industry.
From Cocktail to Padmavati, Deepika’s performance is touching the sky. In 2012, filmmaker Homi Adajania casts Deepika in what had become her career-defining film, Cocktail. It was the first ‘out of league’ character of a modern impulsive girl called Veronica she played that actually was being appreciated by the audience.
From here onwards, Deepika played wide-ranging characters from ones that required some weight to those that needed only her glitz avatar.
Post Cocktail, her next huge release included Race 2 and Chennai Express. While the previous, a spin-off of Abbas Mastan’s 2008 ‘Race’ was a fruitful action spine-chiller, the latter was a lighthearted comedy.
Obviously, Deepika played both the poles-apart characters with an ace. While in Race 2, she pulled off a character of a courageous woman, Chennai Express exhibited her solace with drama. This Rohit Shetty’s film highlighted Deepika as a south Indian woman and it was also taken well by the audience.
Later on, Deepika gave several power-packed performances in movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Piku and Tamasha.
In 2015, she worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the second time in his historical drama, Bajirao Mastani after Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. As Mastani in Bajirao Mastani, Deepika was a picture of ‘grace and dignity’. As a warrior who chooses to do her own stunts to mark her silken presence as a beloved, Deepika endeared herself to the audience even further. The film was, of course, a resounding box office success.
In 2017, Deepika ventured out to shores outside India and signed her first Hollywood film, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Appreciated for her controlled performance, the film was a big international hit.
Now, the most anticipated movie, ‘Padmavati’ that has been renamed as ‘Padmavat’ is yet to release.
After entering Bollywood, Deepika broke many stereotypes and demonstrated that she isn’t only one of those prettified dolls. She even opened up about her torment from depression, which is still being viewed as a taboo in society.
Not just she keep on speaking about depression dauntlessly, she has also started a foundation ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ to help individuals suffering from the mental illness silently. Her acceptance of the depression was being praised widely and influenced many to associate with her on an enthusiastic level.
All said and done, Deepika has maintained, “I understand who I am, and which path I am treading on.”
The 32-year-old stands out from her league and proves that one doesn’t necessarily need a series of box-office hits in order to get people talking. No matter how many ups and downs, she had to go through in life, Deepika has definitely emerged as a fighter and knows how to embrace her flaws.