Born on January 5, 1986 to badminton player Prakash Padukone and Ujjala Padukone in Copenhagen, Denmark, Deepika lived, studied and started her modelling career in the city of Bangalore before she made the shift to Mumbai. Before she took to showbiz fulltime, Deepika was also a state level badminton champion, something she chose following in her dad's footsteps.
The going only got better from there on for the actor. Having won accolades and several awards for her performance, Deepika went on to do Bachna Ae Haseena in 2008 with then boyfriend, actor Ranbir Kapoor, which did fairly well, and eventually landed movies such as Chandni Chowk To China (2009), Love Aaj Kal, Karthik Calling Karthik, Break Ke Baad, Housefull (2010), Aarakshan, Desi Boyz (2011), Cocktail (2012), Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and, more recently, a Tamil film opposite actor Rajinikanth called Kochadaiiyaan. Her newest movie, Finding Fanny directed by Homi Adjania, opened to some great reviews, amid a lot of controversy and kerfuffle.
Just seven years old in the industry, Deepika has managed to juggle and make a mark, primarily on the basis of her mettle, in a variety of roles that she has been offered. From playing a glamorous love interest to doing off-beat films to playing characters with shades of grey, the actor makes everything seem like a piece of cake.
Perhaps this is why she is a cut above the rest, and has managed to come this far despite having no godfathers or family connections in the industry. More power to her.