Deepika Padukone: International Star You Should Know

Deepika Padukone

Role in Disney UTV’s "Chennai Express" has sped Deepika Padukone to the top tier of Indian actresses

Padukone plays a woman with a past who needs to be saved by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan — and also does some saving herself — in 2013’s “Chennai Express,” which has so far grossed $65 million worldwide. (Her most recent film, “Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela,” which opened Nov. 15, has grossed $25 million worldwide.)

Padukone was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Bangalore, the daughter of Indian badminton champ Prakash Padukone. Though always athletic, Deepika opted for something else when it came time to choose a career. “I had modeled as a child and was drawn to movies (and) beauty pageants,” she says. “I enjoyed being in front of a camera.”

Debuting in a regional film, her big break came opposite Khan in 2007’s “Om Shanti Om.” Since then, Padukone, 27, has been in several Hindi films, been a spokesmodel for various products and written columns for Indian papers. Her romances have been tabloid fodder.

Just as she did last year, Padukone is working on three films simultaneously: “Happy New Year,” helmed by Farah Khan; the English-language “Finding Fanny Fernandes”; and an untitled film with helmer Imtiaz Ali and star Ranbir Kapoor. “You can have overlap,” she says. “Once I’m dressed, I’m in that character.”

The actress, repped by CAA Kwan in India, says she would love to work in Hollywood. “I’m a Woody Allen fan,” she reveals. “That’s the kind of cinema I would like to do. Simple love stories or drama; that’s what I’m drawn to even in Hindi cinema.”

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  1. Pooja says:

    She’s an incredible star in Bollywood. We’re lucky to have here in India.

  2. nitin bhowmick says:

    best of luck have a goodday

  3. Hesham says:

    I love you Deepika paduckone

  4. zakir hussain says:

    hi deepika i am your best friend, i will see your recent film, garbha dance so beautiful dance, you r a best actor in the world. so nice ok nice to meet you,

  5. I am sharry surjeet leave in Delhi ,sriniwas puri,new delhi-65……and i am yours big big fan than anyone i watch your all movies and i like your movies but i like your 2 movies specially that is “yeh jawani hai diwani”and “Chennai express”……and i want to meet you only one time ……………….

  6. Rohit sharma says:

    i m ur fast fan since ur 1st movie OM SHANTI OM

  7. Adam Azim says:

    I want to marry bt I cannot marry different religion

  8. ganggstar says:

    star sçoop

  9. kaleem returns says:

    I Love You Deepika

  10. LOL says:

    Goodness me, how many times are these Bollywood starlets going to essentially to promotion pieces in trade periodicals like Variety only to then fail and realise they cannot break into Hollywood. The only one that has come close is Frieda Pinto, but she was never Bollywood fodder in the fist place.

  11. eyerin mathew says:


  12. vijayakumari says:

    dipika will outdo the heroes

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