Saturday, August 9, 2008

Deepika Padukone


Padukone was born to Ujjala and Prakash Padukone on January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her family moved to Bangalore when she was only eleven months old.] Her father Prakash Padukone is a badminton player of international repute, while her mother is a travel agent.

Padukone attended Sophia High School in Bangalore. She completed her studies from Mount Carmel College. While in high school she played badminton at the state level like her father and was a member of her father's badminton club. However, she wasn't keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player and abandoned it because of her ICSE exams.



While pursuing her studies in college, she decided to pursue a career in modeling due to her tall and slender figure. Over the years, she has modeled for famous Indian brand names such as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca. She received many prestigious modeling offers, which included becoming the brand ambassadorship of the Jewels of India. Padukone hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international spokesperson.

At the 5th 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 later that year. Padukone was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and most recently Levi Strauss and Tissot SA.

Awards & nominations

Filmfare Awards


* 2008: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award; Om Shanti Om
* 2008: Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year Award; Om Shanti Om


* 2008: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Om Shanti Om

Star Screen Awards


* 2008: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Om Shanti Om
* 2008: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahrukh Khan; Om Shanti Om

Zee Cine Awards


* 2008: Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut; Om Shanti Om


* 2008: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - Female; Om Shanti Om

IIFA Awards


* 2008: IIFA Awards' Best Debutant (Female); Om Shanti Om[14]


* 2008: IIFA Best Actress Award; Om Shanti Om

Stardust Awards


* 2008: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Om Shanti Om

Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards


* 2008: Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards' Best Female Debut; Om Shanti Om

Other Awards

* 2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine; Om Shanti Om
* 2007: HT Café Film Awards, Best Newcomer Award (Female); Om Shanti Om
* 2008: Reebok Zoom Glam Awards, Glam Debutant (Female); Om Shanti Om
* 2008: Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Breakthrough Role (Female); Om Shanti Om


Year Film Role Other notes
2006 Aishwarya Aishwarya Kannada film
2007 Om Shanti Om Shantipriya/
Sandhya (Sandy)
Double-Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award &
Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year.
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Gayatri Releasing on August 15, 2008
Chandni Chowk To China Malani/Mira Post-production