A sportswoman to leading actress, Deepika Padukone turns 30


A badminton player, a model to a leading Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone turned 30 on Tuesday. The diva, who is riding high on the success of her latest flick ‘Bajirao Mastani’, was born to Prakash Padukone, a badminton champion of international repute and Ujjala on January 5, 1986.

Deepika chose modelling over sports and then stepped into films. She made her debut opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan with 2007 blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’. She won her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her dual performance in the movie.

Thereafter, there was no looking back for Deepika and the actress churned out some commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed films. She has been a part of several highest grossing movies like ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Happy New Year’. Some of her best movies include ‘Cocktail’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela’ for which she received the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She was praised for her performances in ‘Lafangey Parindey’, ‘Break Ke Baad’ and ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se’ though the films did not perform at the box office. She also had some misses in her career like ‘Chandni Chowk to China’, ‘Desi Boyz’ and ‘Aarakshan’.

In a career span of little less than a decade, Deepika has made a place for herself in the industry on her own and is one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood.

The year 2015 was a great one for the actress with both critically acclaimed and commercial success. Her unusual pairing opposite Irrfan Khan was loved in Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Piku’ which also starred Amitabh Bachchan. The film opened on a slow not but picked up pace and was appreciated by critcs as well as audience. Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’ saw her team up with ex-lover Ranbir Kapoor for the third time. The pair is known for their crackling chemistry which was in abundance in the film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance opposite her rumoured beau Ranveer Singh also started slow but soon saw huge footfalls and has grossed Rs 300 crore.

Deepika has proved that she is the reigining queen of Bollywood. The bygone year also saw her take a leap to Hollywood. Although she has not officially said anything, the actress had shared her pictures with Hollywood star Vin Diesel which suggests a collaboration.

Deepika’s love life is also very much talked about. She is currently alleged to be dating actor Ranveer Singh. The couple has also time and again given out subtle hints about their relationship, although none of them has openly admitted it.  She was previously in a relationship with Siddharth Mallya, manager of IPL team Royal Challengers, Bangalore as well as with actor Ranbir Kapoor and also sported a tattoo of his initials on her nape. Before her film debut, Deepika was said to be involved with model Nihar Pandya.

She also shares a close bond with her parents and was also seen in advertisements with them. She is also involved with women’s health and fitness magazines and supports charitable organisations.