New Delhi: Deepika Padukone has been proving the popular wisdom that models can't act wrong for a while now. She hasn't had a bad review in years and is particularly admired for her work in films like Piku and Bajirao Mastani. She owes this not just to her talent but also to sheer hard work. Deepika, who was a very successful model before switching careers, did her homework before becoming an actor. An old photograph of the 32-year-old star from her days at Anupam Kher's school Actor Prepares has gone viral and it seems to be a perfect day for it because it is throwback Thursday. In the picture, a kohl-eyed Deepika Padukone smiles for the camera as she poses with one of her batchmates, dressed in an institute monogram tee. Deepika graduated from the institute with a diploma in 2006. The same year, she made her debut in Kannada film Aishwarya.
- Deepika graduated from Actor Prepares in 2006
- She enrolled in a diploma course at Anupam Kher's school
- Deepika's upcoming films are xXx 3, Padmavati
Here's the picture of Deepika Padukone from an Actor Prepares session which has gone viral
Deepika made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om in 2007. The film was directed by Farah Khan and was a tale of reincarnation and revenge, inspired by Bollywood classic Madhumati. Deepika played Shanti Priya, a famous actress of the Seventies who was murdered by her lover. She was reborn as Sandy and helps Shah Rukh Khan's character to avenge Shanti Priya's death. She won several awards for her debut performance including Filmfare and Screen.
From 2008 to 2011, Deepika Padukone starred in films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Love Aaj Kal, Housefull, Break Ke Baad, Aarakshan and Desi Boyz. Some of films did well while others tanked, and most provided Deepika with little scope to showcase her skill.
2012's Cocktail was a turning point in Deepika's career. The Homi Adajania-directed film was crtically acclaimed and was equally warmly received at the box office. Deepika's character Veronica had shades of grey and it was the first time the actress moved out of her comfort zone.
2013 was the year of Deepika Padukone with four films, all of which collected above Rs 100 crore. She also played diverse roles in all four: Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Ram Leela.
Next year, Deepika starred in her first Tamil film Kochadaiiyaan with Rajinikanth, directed by his daughter Soundarya. She teamed up with Homi Adajania for Finding Fanny, which was critically acclaimed and then with Shah Rukh and Farah Khan again for Happy New Year.
In 2015, she was first seen in Shoojit Sircar's slice-of-life film Piku, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. Mr Bachchan revealed later that Deepika was paid more than he was for the film. It was, however, Big B who took home a National Award for the film. She also made Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor, which did fairly well. She reunited with Ranveer Singh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani and won stupendous reviews.
In 2017, Deepika Padukone has some fabulous projects in queue for release. First up is her much-awaited Hollywood debut with Vin Diesel, xXx: Return of Xander Cage Film. In Bollywood, she will play Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period piece. Padmavati also stars Ranveer and Shahid Kapoor. Deepika has a cameo in the Homi Adajani-produced Raabta and is also filming with Iranian director Majid Majidi.
Despite not being on screen in 2016, Deepika Padukone found a spot on Forbes' list of highest paid actresses in the world. At rank #10, Forbes reported Deepika's earnings at $10 million.