Throwback: Deepika Padukone as student at Anupam Kher’s academy

Deepika Padukone started her career in showbiz as a model and made her Bollywood debut with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2007. But a lesser known fact about the leggy actress is that she is an alumnus of Anupam Kher’s acting school Actor Prepares.

A couple of old photographs of the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actress from her days in the acting school has surfaced. In the pictures, Deepika is seen wearing the white T-shirt of Actor Prepares and posing with her fellow students. In another group photo, the veteran actor and the founder of the acting school, Anupam Kher is also seen.

Deepika was a Diploma student of one of the first few batches of the academy. She passed out in 2006. Hailing from Bangalore, Karnataka, the actress shifted to Mumbai just for the course. During her acting course, Deepika had mentioned that she joined the course “just for myself, to improve my acting skills.”

Indeed, there has been no looking back for Deepika and she has only gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highest paid actresses of the industry. There cannot be a better endorsement for Kher's acting school. The actress has also spread her wings at the American film industry and is gearing up for the release of her debut Hollywood flick 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' alongside action star Vin Diesel. The film is set to release on January 20, 2017.

Currently, Deepika is working on her next Bollywood venture, which is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’. The period drama starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor will hit screens on November 17 next year.