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Deepika Padukone, an Indian film actress, is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, who features in most of the listings of popular and attractive personalities in the world. Here are 30 interesting facts about the actress:

  1. Padukone was a state level badminton player turned model and a top level Bollywood star, who is presently pursuing acting career in Hollywood.
  2. She was born on January 05, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has a younger sister, Anisha Padukonea budding golfer. Her surname Padukone is the name of the village near Kundapura in Udupi district in Karnataka, India.
  3. Her father Prakash Padukone is a former international badminton player of repute and her mother Ujjala is travel agent. Her father won the men’s singles title at the All England Championship in 1980.
  4. Padukone dis her schooling at ‘Sophia High School and pre-university education at ‘Mount Carmel College, Bangaluru, India.
  5. As a child she was introduced to modeling, appearing for couple of advertising campaign. In 2004 she became fulltime model under fashion stylist and choreographer, Prasad Bidapa and gained popularity with soap ‘Liril’ commercial.
  6. Padukone won the ‘Model of the Year’ award at the 2005 Kingfisher Fashion Awards. She had made her modeling debut earlier in the year at the ‘Lakme Fashion Week.’
  7. In 2007 she relocated to Mumbai and featured in the Himesh Reshammiya’s music video ‘Naam Hai Tera’ of pop album ‘Aap Kaa Surroor.’ She had to break her resolve of not doing any music video after listening to the lyric.
  8. She joined ‘Anupam Kher School of Acting’ in Mumbai, to get formal training in acting as she was getting film offers.
  9. In 2006 she made her acting debut in a Kannada Film, ‘Aishwarya’ directed by Indrajith Lankesh, pairing with Upendra.
  10. Padukone made her Hindi film debut in ‘Om Shanti Om’ directed by Farah Khan in 2007. The film was a commercial success emerging as highest grossing film of the year. She received ‘Best Female Debut Filmfare Award’ that year.
  11. She was initially cast in the film ‘Happy New Year’ by Farah Khan in 2005 after watching her music video. The film was shelved.
  12. She was cast opposite Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Bachna Ae Haseena’ a romantic comedy in 2008. The film was a financial success but her performance was disappointing.
  13. Padukone learned ‘Jujutsu’ a form of martial art for the Warner Bros production ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ released in 2009. She disappointed once again with her performance and the film was also major financial failure.
  14. Her performance in the writer-director, Imtiaz Ali’s film ‘Love Aaj Kal’ earned her second nomination for Best Actress at 55thFilmfare Awards. Her portrayal of a head strong career woman received a positive review as best of her four performances.
  15. Padukone’s performance in the film ‘Houseful’ received bad review. According to director Raja Sen the film itself was ‘festival of bad acting’ with Padukone poor performance to her ‘plasticky expressions.’
  16. Enacting the role of blind girl in the film ‘Lafangey Prindey,’ Padukone observed blind people and rehearsed her scene blindfolded.
  17. In the 2010 film ‘Karthik Calling Karthik,’ Padukone’s character required smoking and she almost declined the role. She was worried that she may end up becoming an addict to smoking. However she was given nicotine free ‘Organic’ cigarettes.
  18. Her role as a dancer in the 2011 film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ by Rohan Sippy attracted court case for indecency. She felt the dance for the iconic song was the wildest any actress had done for its suggestive lyrics and raunchy moves.
  19. Padukone was given a choice of character in the 2012 film ‘Cocktail’ and she chose the role of Veronica to explore her acting aptitude.She lived the role with rigorous exercise and diet and critics credited her performance as the ‘soul of the film.’ She was nominated as best actress in several awards ceremonies.
  20. She was paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in the film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ in 2013. This is the first movie they have been paired together when they were dating.
  21. The two films Padukone starred in 2013 ‘Yeh Jawanni Hai Deewani’ and ‘Chennai Express’ ranks among the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time. She was credited ahead of Shah Rukh Khan in the star cast.
  22. Her role as Leela in the film ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ received critical acclaim and earned fourth consecutive box-office hit of the year 2013. She won the ‘Filmfare Award’ for ‘Best Actress.’
  23. In 2014 for the Tamil film ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ she was paid US$ 460,000 for two days worth of work in the film. The film was shot with motion capture technology for the first time in India.
  24. Padukone won her second ‘FilmfareAward’ and her first ‘Screen Award’ as ‘Best Actress’ for the film ‘Piku,’ in 2015.
  25. She learned sword fight, horse riding and martial art ‘Kalaripayattu’ to depict the character of warrior princess Mastani in the film ‘Bajirao Mastani.’
  26. She made her debut in Hollywood with the film ‘Return of Xander Cage’ starring opposite ‘Vin Diesel.’
  27. She writes weekly columns for ‘Hindustan Times’ in their life style section. She is involved with women’s health and fitness magazine.
  28. She had adopted a village in Maharastra, Ambegaon as a part of NDTV’s Greenathon Campaign, to provide electricity.
  29. On November 2009, Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor have ended their relationship. Ranbir’s infidelity is said to be the reason for break-up.
  30. According to Business Standard’s report, Padukone earns US$770,000 to US$ 930,000 per endorsement deal.

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