A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29

Updated: January 05, 2015 07:39 IST

Deepika Padukone has a lot to be happy about, as she turns 28.

In 2013, she gave four back-to-back hits - Race 2 opposite Saif Ali Khan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani, opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela with Ranveer Singh and Chennai Express opposite Shah Rukh Khan - all of which reaped more than Rs 100 crores at the box office, worldwide.

She, undoubtedly, has earned herself the tag of the ‘Golden Girl' of Bollywood.

NDTV toasts the actress on her birthday with a pictorial journey through her life.

A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Bollywood's ‘Golden Girl' Deepika Padukone has a lot to be happy about as she turns a year older. She had a blockbuster 2014 with box office hits such as Happy New Year, Kochadaiyaan and Finding Fanny. The actress has a slew of releases lined up in 2015, including Piku with Amitabh Bachchan, Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor and Bajirao Mastani opposite Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra.

NDTV toasts the actress on her birthday with a pictorial journey through her life.

A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika, who is the daughter of famous badminton player Prakash Padukone, was born on January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where her father was training. Her family moved to Bangalore, when she was eleven months old. Deepika is of Mangalorean origin and her mother tongue is Konkani. She also has a sister, Anisha, who is five years younger.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player and abandoned it to focus on her studies.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
While in college, Deepika pursued a career in modelling. She was famously a Liril and Limca girl and is now popular in the ads for Nescafe, Fiama Di Wills, Pepsi, and Sony Cybershot.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika followed up her hugely successful modelling career with an appearance in the music video for Himesh Reshammiya's Naam Hai Tera. Her first movie was Kannada film Aishwarya (2006) also featuring Upendra.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
She made a dream debut in Bollywood opposite no less a person than Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om (2007) - the reincarnation and revenge themed blockbuster where she played ‘70s filmstar Shantipriya and the modern day Sandy, a look-alike of the dead actress.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika's debut performance was well received, earning the actress the IIFA Awards' Best Debutant Award, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award as well as her first Filmfare Best Actress nomination.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika next appeared in Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) opposite Ranbir Kapoor, which was a hit.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
In 2009 came Chandni Chowk to China, where she was paired opposite Akshay Kumar, the film was a major flop. She next starred in Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal (2009) opposite Saif Ali Khan. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
In 2010, she starred opposite Farhan Akhtar in Karthik Calling Karthik, which performed moderately well at the box office.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika starred opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh in Lafangey Parindey (2010), in which she played a blind dancer.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
She lost her heart to Akshay again in Housefull (2010), and her clothes too, stripping down to an itsy-bitsy bikini. The movie was hit at the box office.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Her next release in 2010 was Kunal Kohli's romantic flick Break Ke Baad opposite Imran Khan, The film was not a commercial success but Deepika was praised for her acting prowess. Her final release in the same year was Ashutosh Gowarikar's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se in which she starred opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The movie turned out to be a flop at the box office, though Deepika once again won rave reviews for her acting.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika's item number in Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu was the talk of 2011.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
The same year she won rave reviews for her portrayal as Amitabh Bachchan's daughter and Saif Ali Khan's love interest in Prakash Jha's Aarakshan. Next came Rohit Dhawan's Desi Boyz which did moderately well at the box office.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika was the toast of 2012 for her performance in Homi Adajania's superhit movie Cocktail where she starred opposite Saif Ali Khan and newbie Diana Penty. The actress earned glowing praise for her performance as the fun-loving, free spirited Veronica.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
In 2013, Deepika proved herself to be the ultimate leading lady of Bollywood, featuring in four of the top-grossing productions of the year.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
She collaborated with Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel and Anil Kapoor in Abbas-Mustan's Race 2, a sequel to the 2008 film Race. The movie went on to earn more than Rs 100 crores at the box office.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Ayan Mukerji's romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani was Deepika's next film release. Film critics praised her role of a shy and studious girl, much different from the kind of roles she had been doing till then. The movie was a major commercial success with a worldwide collection of more than Rs 250 crores.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
She paired up with Shah Rukh Khan for the second time in Rohit Shetty's action-comedy film Chennai Express. Her role of a Tamil girl on the run from her father was well received by critics and audiences alike.

Chennai Express earned over Rs 300 crores in worldwide ticket sales.

Both Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani and Chennai Express rank among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika continued her winning streak with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. She played a Gujarati girl based on the character of Juliet. Deepika's performance was well appreciated and the film earned over Rs 200 crores worldwide.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
In 2014, Deepika's Kochadaiiyaan, in which she played the romantic interest of superstar Rajinikanth, did fairly well at the box office. As did Happy New Year, opposite Shah Rukh Khan, which turned out to be a blockbuster. She also received rave reviews for her performance in Homi Adajania's critically-acclaimed Finding Fanny in which she featured alongside Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
This year, Deepika will be seen in Piku with megastar Amitabh Bachchan as well as in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani opposite Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. She also has Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor lined for release and has signed the Bollywood remake of The Fault in Our Stars.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika's personal life has grabbed as many headlines as her film career. The dimpled one has always been popular with the boys. Before her Bollywood days, she dated longtime friend Nihar Pandya. The relationship went kaput when filmi fame came Deepika's way, though she maintains that she and Nihar remain friends.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika reportedly began dating Ranbir, her co-star from Bachna Ae Haseeno in March 2008. The two were a picture perfect couple. The break-up, when it came, was bitter with Deepika publicly blaming Ranbir's roving eye. However, the two have since mended fences and are now good friends as well as co-stars.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika then dated Kingfisher scion Sidhartha Mallya, sealing their romance with a very public kiss at an IPL cricket match. Two years later, they were done.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika is currently being linked to her Ram Leela co-star Ranveer Singh though the actors have never admitted to their romance publicly.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Over the years, Deepika's dusky beauty and star quality has made her the cover girl of choice for leading magazines including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, Elle and FHM.
A Happy New Year for Deepika Padukone@29
Deepika is the brand ambassador of several leading brands and products, including Tissot, Sony Cybershot, Nescafe, Wrigley's Orbit and Maybelline.

We wish her a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

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