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Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone




Deepika Padukone, born on January 5, 1986, is an iconic Indian actress who has predominantly made her mark in Hindi cinema. Recognized as India's highest-paid actress as of 2023, Deepika's illustrious career is adorned with numerous accolades, including three Filmfare Awards. Her influence extends beyond cinema, with Time magazine naming her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 and bestowing her with the Time100 Impact Award in 2022.

Deepika was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Prakash Padukone, a celebrated badminton player, and Ujjala, a travel agent. Raised in Bangalore, she initially pursued badminton at a national level, mirroring her father's sporting legacy. However, her passion soon shifted towards modeling, and she embarked on a new journey as a fashion model during her teenage years. This shift in focus eventually led her to the film industry, where she made her acting debut in the Kannada film "Aishwarya" in 2006.

Her breakthrough in Bollywood came with the 2007 film "Om Shanti Om," where she starred opposite Shah Rukh Khan in a dual role. This film was a major success, earning her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Following this, Deepika faced a brief setback in her career, but her fortunes changed with the romantic comedy "Cocktail" in 2012, a role that marked a turning point and established her as a leading actress in the industry.

In 2013, Deepika delivered a string of successful films, including "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," "Chennai Express," and "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela." Her performance in the latter won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She continued to captivate audiences with her roles in "Piku" (2015) and "Bajirao Mastani" (2015), further cementing her status as one of Bollywood's top actresses.

Expanding her horizons, Deepika made her Hollywood debut in "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" (2017) alongside Vin Diesel, showcasing her versatility and international appeal. Her portrayal of Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" (2018) was critically acclaimed, despite the film facing significant controversy and protests. The film's success reaffirmed her position as a powerhouse performer in Indian cinema.

Beyond her acting career, Deepika is a committed philanthropist. In 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which focuses on mental health awareness in India, inspired by her personal battle with depression. Her efforts in this field were recognized globally, earning her the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award in 2020.

Deepika's entrepreneurial ventures are equally noteworthy. She has launched her own clothing line and ventured into the self-care industry with her brand 82°E, focusing on skincare products. Additionally, she invests in startups through her company Ka Enterprises, showcasing her business acumen and commitment to diverse ventures.

Married to fellow actor Ranveer Singh since 2018, Deepika continues to enthrall audiences with her powerful performances. Her recent roles in action-packed films like "Pathaan" (2023) and the forthcoming "Kalki 2898 AD" (2024) highlight her enduring appeal and versatility.

Place of Birth: Copenhagen, Denmark

Date of Birth: January 5, 1986

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