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Deepika Padukone– A Journey from Badminton Courts to Bollywood

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Deepika Padukone, the reigning actress of Bollywood, used to be the little girl with a pair of big, bright and inquisitive eyes. She is the daughter of the former internationally acclaimed famous badminton player, Prakash Padukone. Born on January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, she has been brought up in Bengaluru, India and then finally shifted her base to Mumbai after starting out a career in modelling since her college days. Although since childhood, badminton was the centre of her dreams and passion, she felt a strong urge to pursue a completely different career in the world of glitz and glamour, which, she later said, was well accepted by her father. From mere television commercials of Liril-Limca-Close UP, Deepika Padukone soon emerged as a prominent figure in leading fashion shows and calendar covers. But, that was just beginning of a journey meant for another world. From 2004 to 2006, she rose to fame with her modelling assignments and achievements. After being awarded as the “model of the year” by Kingfisher, Deepika Padukone soon got selected as one of the cover girls of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar 2006. In no time, she was the brand ambassador of Tissot SA, Kingfisher Airlines, Maybelline and Levi Strauss. It was in the same year that finally brought her into the celluloid world as she started her acting journey by being selected as for the video song Naam Hai Tera by Himesh Reshmiya. Acting did not happen to her accidentally. She has long discovered her passion for acting as she joined Anupam Kher’s acting school to groom herself properly brushing up her acting skills. As talents cannot be hidden for long, she soon started getting calls for acting in films. She made her debut in the cine world with Aishwarya, a Kannada film followed by her big Bollywood break, Om Shanti Om in the next year, 2007. Being cast opposite the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan itself is a great compliment and she did full justice to this opportunity by putting her best foot forward. And as her efforts along with her striking personality and all the star qualities did not go unnoticed, she set out to make it big in Bollywood. After her breakthrough Om Shanti Om which earned her Filmfare for Best Female Debut Award, her career graph has not failed to surprise the audience as well as the critics till date as she has kept making her presence felt by doing a handful of blockbusters like Love Aaj Kaal, Karthik Calling Karthik, Lafangey Parindey, Break Ke Baad, Arakshan and Cocktail to name a few.

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