×

Deepika Padukone: International Star You Should Know

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

CLAIM TO FAME
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.)

RETURN OF SERVE
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.”

NO PLACE LIKE “OM”
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.

JUGGLING ACT
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.”

Popular on Variety

HOLLY-WOODY BENT
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.”

More Film

  • Any Day Now

    New Europe Film Sales Picks up Hamy Ramezan’s ‘Any Day Now’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company has boarded Finnish-Iranian Hamy Ramezan’s debut feature “Any Day Now,” to be shown as a work in progress at Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market, WHICH RUNS Jan 30.-Feb 2. Ramezan’s drama, produced by Aamu Film Company (“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”), already enjoys a strong buzz from [...]

  • Liselott Forsman

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond Boasts Record Budget for 2020

    As the Nordisk Film & TV Fond prepares to celebrates its 30th anniversary, at this month’s Göteborg Film Festival, CEO Liselott Forsman has outlined her vision for the upcoming yearm which sees the fund boasting a record high budget of NOK 127 million ($12.8 million), up from last year’s total of NOK 97.75 million ($11.4 [...]

  • CNC Chief Outlines Plan to Update

    CNC Chief Outlines Plan to Update French Production Infrastructure

    Speaking at an industry round-table at the Paris-based Production Forum on Thursday, Dominique Boutonnat, president of France’s National Film Board (CNC), announced a new plan to update local production studios in order to make them more internationally competitive. The modest plan, which involves new funding, training sessions and additional research, follows a March 2019 report, [...]

  • Bait

    ‘Bait’ Director Mark Jenkin Sets Next Feature With Film4

    Writer-director Mark Jenkin, whose feature debut “Bait” was nominated for two BAFTAs last week, has set his next project, “Enys Men” (“Stone Island”), with Film4. Jenkin will direct from his own script. Denzil Monk is producing for Bosena. Johnny Fewings is executive producing, with Kate Byers and Linn Waite as associate producers. Film4 will co-finance the [...]

  • CineAsia

    CineAsia Turns its Back on Hong Kong

    CineAsia, the long-running convention for the film exhibition and distribution sectors, has ditched Hong Kong, its home for the past decade. It was forced to cancel the 2019 edition in December, due to the political unrest in the city. New York-based organizer, the Film Expo Group, announced on Friday by email that the 2020 edition [...]

  • Mama Weed

    New Films With Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Omar Sy Unspool at UniFrance Rendez-Vous

    Showcasing the wide scope and many nuances of French comedies, Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Lost Prince,” “Mama Weed” with Isabelle Huppert (pictured), “The Lion” with Dany Boon, and “Welcome to the Jungle” with Catherine Deneuve are having their market premieres at the 22nd edition of the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, which [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content