Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and a former model. She appears mostly in Hindi movies. Apart from that, she also does Tamil and Kannada language films. Born to the Badminton champion Prakash Padukone, she chose to become an actress and not pursue a career in sports.
Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, India, when she was eleven months old. Padukone is of Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin origin, and her mother tongue is Konkani. Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore, and completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College Bangalore.While in high school she played badminton at the state level. However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player.
Padukone made her acting debut in the 2006 Kannada film Aishwarya. The following year, she made her Hindi film debut in the blockbuster Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan, which earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. It also remains her biggest commercial success so far. While in college, Padukone pursued a career in modeling.
Over the years, she has modeled for Indian brand names as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and has been "brand ambassador" for the Jewels of India retail jewelry show. The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson. At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards she was awarded the title "Model of the Year". Shortly afterward, she was chosen as one of the models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006 and won two trophies at the Idea Zee Fashion Awards: "Female Model of the Year - (Commercial Assignments)" and "Fresh Face of the Year". Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and later Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.
In addition, she appeared in the music video for Himesh Reshammiya's song Naam Hai Tera. She began the year 2011 with an item number in Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum afer which she was seen in films like Aarakshan and Desi Boyz. Deepika later starred in movies like Cocktail and Race 2.