The Mastani of Bollywood is regarded as one of the finest actresses of tinsel town. But this gorgeous lady, who is now flying high on success, has suffered hardships too.

Here we have listed things that Deepika did before entering the showbiz.

1. Deepika Padukone started her career as a model in 2004. She also did a photo shoot with with Upen Patel for Wendell Rodricks for a fashion week special edition.

2 As a model, Deepika gained recognition with a television commercial for the Liril soap and Limca.

3 In 2005, she made her runway debut at the Lakme Fashion Week for designer Suneet Varma and won "Model of the Year" award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards.

4 In 2007, Deepika relocated to Mumbai and stayed at her aunt's home. She was just 21 at that time. That year, she gained wider recognition by featuring in the music video for Himesh Reshammiya’s song ‘Naam Hai Tera.’

5 In 2006, Ms. Padukone made her film debut with ‘Aishwarya’, a Kannada film directed by Indrajit Lankesh. She worked opposite actor Upendra and the movie was a major commercial success.

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