Deepika made her Bollywood debut with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. Even though she had no godfather in the tinsel town, she is one of the very famous and stylish celebs in B-Town.

This stunning Capricorn has made a mark in Bollywood with hits like Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail and Houseful. Ironically, this style icon never wanted to be an actress in her early days. She says even the thought of joining the film industry did not cross her mind. And today, she is the most-talked-about celeb in this industry.

Deepika Padukone was born in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 1986 to badminton legend Prakash Padukone. Her family moved to Bangalore when she was just 11 months old.

Deepika's mother Ujjala is a travel agent.

Following her dad's footsteps, Deepika too played badminton regularly till her tenth standard. Deepika did her schooling from Sophia High School and graduation from Mount Carmel College. However, she played badminton at the state level but was never keen to pursue badminton as career.

While in college, Deepika started modeling. She was first spotted in a ramp competition in NLS, Bangalore.

Over the years, she modeled for such Indian brand names as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and was ‘brand ambassador’ for the Jewels of India retail jewelry show. She hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international cover-girl face.

At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards, she was awarded the title ‘Model of the Year’. Later, 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’.

Deepika was also chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines and later Levi Strauss and Tissot SA. Doing so many mega modeling assignments, her landing up in the entertainment industry was inevitable.

Some unknown facts about Deepika Padukone:

- She is of Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin origin, and her mother tongue is Konkani.
-  She plays basketball, tennis, throwball and baseball.
-  She has a younger sister named Anisha who plays all sports, except badminton.
-  Her favourite actors are Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Johnny Depp, Richard Gere and Brad Pitt.
-  Her favorite actresses are Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen, and Juhi Chawla.
-  She loves music, eating, sleeping and watching movies.
-  She was the most searched celebrity on Yahoo! India Search in 2008.
-  Deepika learned acting under Anupam Kher and dance under Shiamak Davar.

Jagranpost wishes the actress a hearty and healthy life ahead.

(JPN)

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