Deepika Padukone is an Indian film actress and celebrity endorser. She is one of the most popular actresses in Indian cinema and the recipient of several acting awards.The 1.74 m tall beauty is regarded as a style icon and a sex symbol; her eyes, figure, shape, and smile are considered to be her most attractive features.
Padukone made her acting debut in the Hindi film industry in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Om Shanti Om.’ After a brief lull in the career, Deepika met with success and saw a huge surge in her popularity and critical acclaim. Her upcoming movies include Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani.
In addition to her acting career, Deepika also writes columns for newspapers, takes part in stage shows, endorses and models for numerous products and brands, and is an activist for depression, feminism and other such issues.
Early Life and Family Background
Deepika Padukone was born on Jan 5 1986 to former international badminton player Prakash Padukone and travel agent Ujjala. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, but her parents came back to Bangalore when she was 1 year old. Her younger sister Anisha is a golfer.
Padukone attended the Sophia High School in Bangalore and later went to Mount Carmel College for her pre-university education. Later, she enrolled for a BA degree in sociology at the Indira Gandhi National Open University but quit to concentrate on her modelling career.
Deepika lives in Prabhadevi, Mumbai but travels often to Bangalore to meet her parents as she shares a very close bond with them. She has admitted that she misses her family while working in Mumbai. Deepika previously dated actor Ranbir Kapoor and is currently in a relationship with actor Ranveer Singh.
Deepika Padukone – Ex Boyfriends
Deepika Padukone was known to date Upen Patel during her modeling times, but her first serious boyfriend was Nihar Pandya. The two went separate ways after Om Shanti Om happened. She was in a relationship with Yuvraj Singh briefly before she fell in love with Ranbir Kapoor. It was an example relationship for many, lasting for two years, before Deepika broke up with Ranbir, as he allegedly cheated on her. The two still continue to be friends and share a warm relationship.
Post 2011, Deepika dated Siddharth Mallya but the relationship didn’t last long. She is now in a relationship with Ranveer Singh, since 2013.
Deepika was a child model during her school days as well as a badminton player. She gave up sports and started modelling when she was in the 10th standard. She modelled for several brands and print ads and became a runway model in 2005. Her increasing popularity as a model soon resulted in many film acting offers. Deepika then joined Anupam Kher’s film academy for an acting course and subsequently made her acting debut in the Indrajit Lankesh directed hit Kannada film Aishwarya opposite Upendra.
After her Hindi film debut with ‘Om Shanti Om,’ Deepika had some successes with ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Housefull,’ but several failures with Bachna Ae Haseeno, Chandni Chowk To China, and Break Ke Baad, etc., where she was criticized for her wooden acting. Her career turned around with the 2012 movie ‘Cocktail’ and she became a leading actress in 2013 when she delivered 4 back to back hits with Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. In 2015, Deepika shone in the much-loved ‘Piku’ and showed her versatility in Bajirao Mastani.
Deepika Padukone – Net Worth and Fees
With a fabulous track record of almost back to back blockbusters, coupled with solid performances in protagonist roles, it would be safe to say Deepika has a telling impact in the future potential of a film. She is the highest paid actress in Bollywood with Rs. 9 crore per film. She also earns handsomely from endorsements, she recently renewed her annual contract with a private bank for 18 months, for a whopping alleged sum of Rs.7.5 crore. It is 2 crore upwards of her first contract with the said bank. Deepika endorses some of the biggest brands in business which include Pepsi, Nescafe, Sony Cybershot, Maybelline, Vogyue Eyewear and Tissot.
In the year 2016, Deepika Padukone became the tenth richest actress in the world, with earnings of $10 million. She is the first Bollywood actress to reach this enviable position.
Deepika Padukone – House
She lives in a high-rise called Beau Monde in Prabhadevi. She occupies the 26th floor (Tower B). The house covers 2,776 square feet area an has two tennis courts around it. She bought the house for Rs. 16 crore. Deepika also owns another flat in Pali Hill, Bandra.
The actress has two cars, an Audi Q7 and Audi A8. While the former is worth Rs. 70 lakhs the latter is worth Rs. 1.7 crore.