At 27, life's a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone

Updated: January 05, 2013 09:00 IST

Deepika Padukone has a lot to look forward to as she turns 27. She has had a particulary glorious year after the heady success of Cocktail. Her much-awaited Race 2 is all set for release this year, besides of-course Kochadaiyaan-opposite Rajnikanth, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Ram Leela- with Ranveer Singh and Chennai Express opposite SRK.

NDTV toasts the life of the actress on her birthday.

At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone has a lot to look forward to as she turns 27. She had a particularly glorious 2012 after the heady success of Cocktail. Her much-awaited Race 2 is all set for release this year, as are Kochadaiyaan opposite Rajinikanth, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Ram Leela with Ranveer Singh and Chennai Express opposite SRK.

NDTV toasts the actress on her birthday with a pictorial journey through her life.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika, who is the daughter of famous badminton player Prakash Padukone, was born 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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika attended Sophia High School in Bangalore. She completed her pre-university studies at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. While in high school she played badminton at the state level.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
However, she was not keen on pursuing a career as a badminton player and abandoned it to focus on her studies.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
While in college, Deepika pursued a career in modeling. She was famously a Liril and Limca girl and is now popular in the ads for Nescafe, Fiama Di Wills, Pepsi, and Sony Cybershot.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika followed up her hugely successful modeling career with an appearance in the music video for Himesh Reshammiya's Naam Hai Tera. Her first movie was Kannada film Aishwarya (2006) co-starring Upendra.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika next appeared in Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) opposite Ranbir Kapoor, which was a hit.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
In 2010, she starred opposite Farhan Akhtar in Karthik Calling Karthik, which performed moderately well at the box office.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika starred opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh in Lafangey Parindey (2010), in which she played a blind dancer.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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 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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika's item number in Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu was the talk of 2011.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
2013 will show us a lot of Deepika with big banner films like the much awaited Race 2, Kochadaiyaan, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Ram Leela and Chennai Express in her kitty.

Coming up: Deepika's love life
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Deepika reportedly began dating Ranbir, her co-star from Bachna Ae Haseenon, 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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
Recently, Deepika has been linked to her Ram Leela co-star Ranveer Singh. The two seem to be getting along like a house on fire on the sets of the film as well as off it.
At 27, life\'s a heady Cocktail for Deepika Padukone
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.

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

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