Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and producer who works in Hindi films. One of the highest-paid actresses in India, her accolades include three Filmfare Awards. She has been featured by Forbes India on their annual Celebrity 100 list three times, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Early life and background
Padukone was born on 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Konkani-speaking parents. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton player of international repute, and her mother, Ujjala, is a travel agent. Her younger sister, Anisha, is a golfer. Padukone has stated that she is not “religious or spiritual”, but she does visit temples on special occasions. She spent most of her childhood in Bangalore. As a teenager, she expressed interest in modelling and acting.
Padukone’s father pushed her to take up badminton, a sport he was passionate about, and she played the game until the age of eighteen. According to Padukone, her mother was “very encouraging” and supportive, but was concerned about her lack of interest in academics. Padukone continued playing badminton throughout her school years, and went on to become a state-level player. However, she eventually gave up the game in favour of a career in film.
Padukone made her acting debut with the Kannada film Aishwarya (2006), opposite Upendra. She followed it with her Bollywood debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in the blockbuster Om Shanti Om (2007). She subsequently established herself as one of the leading actresses of Hindi cinema with starring roles in a number of commercially successful films, including Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Chandni Chowk to China (2009), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Housefull (2010), Cocktail (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Chennai Express (2013), Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018).
In addition to acting in films, Padukone has also established herself as a successful model. She has done modeling assignments for various brands and magazines, and has been the brand ambassador for various products and causes. She has also served as a jury member for various beauty pageants.
In 2015, she founded the Live Love Laugh Foundation, a non-profit organisation that creates awareness about mental health in India.
In 2019, she made her Hollywood debut with the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel.
Padukone is married to actor Ranveer Singh. The couple have a son born in 2020.
Padukone is a vegan.
In 2014, Padukone was criticised for her comments about dark skin in an interview with Filmfare magazine.
In 2016, Padukone was criticised for her comments about Indian women being objectified in the film industry.
In 2017, Padukone was criticised for her comments about skin lightening creams.
In 2020, Padukone was criticised for her comments about nepotism in the film industry.
Deepika Padukone Net Worth
Deepika Padukone has an estimated net worth of $16 million. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in India, and has earned accolades for her work in Hindi cinema.
Deepika Padukone is 34 years old.
Deepika Padukone is 5 feet 8 inches tall.