Deepika Padukone, born on 5th January 1986, one of the most renowned Indian film actresses turned producer is also one of the highest-paid actresses in India. She is recognized for her work in Bollywood and has also worked in Hollywood alongside Vin diesel. She has won three Filmfare Awards, but hardly anyone would be completely aware of Deepika Padukone’s first break, which we know wouldn’t be the case after you the information this blog has provided.
Deepika is the daughter of a famous badminton player Prakash Padukone. She was born in Copenhagen and raised in Bangalore. In her early years, she had played badminton at National levels but left it only to pursue her dream of becoming a model. She completed her education at Bangalore’s Sophia High School and her graduation from Mount Carmel College.
Later, she enrolled with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)to take up Bachelor's in Arts degree in Sociology, but she didn’t complete it because she wanted to pursue her modeling career.
In her early days, she did not have many friends. Her focus was on playing badminton instead. According to her, was woke up at 5 in the morning, did physical training, left for school and later played badminton during the day. Afterward, she would finish her homework and go back to sleep.
Padukone worked as a child model first time sharing
advertisement campaigns at the age of 8. When she got into her 10th grade, she
thought of becoming a fashion model instead. According to her, she was only
playing badminton because it ran in her family. While quitting, her father supported
her decision of pursuing a modeling career by all means.
Before Deepika Padukone’s first break, she appeared in a soap commercial of Liril in 2004, from which she had gained massive popularity. This was her career milestone commercial. In 2005, this Diva again shined in the industry with her charm and became The Kingfisher Model of the Year.
After which she made her big-time modeling debut in Lakme
Fashion Week gaining recognition at full speed by the others in the fashion
industry. You would be amazed to know that this was, in fact, Deepika Padukone’s first break in the
modeling industry. After that, she gained a steady footing with this industry.
And to date, she has never looked back even once.
Now, I am pretty sure that all of you might also have seen Deepika Padukone's close up toothpaste commercial. Well if you haven't, you might want to jump off to YouTube and watch this commercial which has 512k views where a girl is dancing in the bathroom along with an animated close-up toothpaste cleaning her teeth which turns out to be none other than Deepika Padukone. All these advertisements helped her catch the eyes of the public and the then legends of the modeling industry.
After winning Model of the Year award, she appeared in the 2006 Kingfisher calendar.The designer commented that after a long time he has found someone so beautiful and fresh after Aishwarya Rai, which was a huge statement in itself going by the popularity and beauty of Aishwarya Rai back in that time and year.
After being spotted
by this designer, later on being signed up with an agency through him, she
started to receive film offers and Deepika
Padukone’s first break was in the movie “Aishwarya”, a Kannada
film directed by InderjeetLankesh. The movie was a romantic comedy and a remake
of the Telugu movie“Manmadhudu”. She was the lead actress in the movie opposite the actor Upendra. And many in the south industry, still remember that movie
with heartwarming feelings. If you haven’t seen that movie yet, you must, to understand
the rocking beginning of Deepika in movies.
However, she had faced some troubled waters as well after this movie. Some people were skeptical about her performances. In fact, after b she started to believe to be an inexperienced actor as people already commented much on the lack of her hold on the emotional scenes.
To overcome this
insecurity and to know what was that she was or had been doing wrong, she
joined a course at Anupam Kher’s film academy.
Soon after, she featured in a music video for Himesh Reshammiya's song “Naam Hai Tera,” which gained a lot of popularity. The singer, Himesh Reshammiya, was a big brand in himself back then. So, that music video was a great jump for her public presence in north India.
To prove that the point, she was then spotted by Farah Khan, who was searching for an appropriate cast for her upcoming movie “Happy New Year”. Farah Khan had got in touch with Malaika Arora to expedite the process of casting because she was not getting enough bits on the actresses who could be perfect for the role she had in mind.
Then, a designer from the Kingfisher calendar recommended Deepika Padukone to Malika Arora Khan. By that time, Deepika had completed two years of her modeling career with him already.
Malaika Arora, in turn recommended her to Shah Rukh Khan and that’s what we can today say was Deepika Padukone’s first break in Bollywood with the movie “Om Shanti Om” alongside King khan.
millennials of this age already know what a big hit that movie. To give a
brief, that film had the story of a struggling actor in the 1970s. Shah Rukh
Khan performed that actor’s role, which later dies in the first half, soon
after witnessing the murder of his love, Deepika Padukone. Then he plays
another character, who is a rebirth of the original one. This time, he takes to
remember the past and then finally avenges his past life’s lover’s death.
In preparing for her role, Padukone watched several films of actresses Hema MaliniandHelento studies their body language. For one of the songs in the movie, "DhoomTaana,” Deepika Padukone specifically had learned Indian classical dance as well. That was her sheer dedication towards her first break-in Bollywood.