Do you know Deepika Padukone was not born in India? And do you know which is her all-time favourite film?
It may sound ironical but as a child Deepika never wanted to be an actress. She says even the thought of joining the film industry did not cross her mind. And today, she is the most-talked-about debutante of year 2007, making her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om .
On the eve of the film’s worldwide release, here are a few interesting facts about Deepika.
Deepika was born in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 1986 to badminton legend Prakash Padukone. Her family moved to Bangalore when she was just 11 months old. Deepika's mother Ujjala is a travel agent.
Following her dad’s footsteps, Deepika too played badminton regularly till her tenth standard. Deepika did her schooling from Sophia High School and graduation from Mount Carmel College.
By the time she was doing her graduation, modeling offers began coming Deepika’s way. In her modeling career Deepika appeared in several print and television ads.
Deepika learned acting under Anupam Kher and dance under Shiamak Davar .
Her first film was a Kannada flick titled ‘Aishwarya’. When Bollywood director Farah Khan first approached Deepika, it was for a movie titled ‘Happy New Year’. However, that project was scrapped and Deepika was signed for ‘Om Shanti Om’.
On the personal front, Deepika has been linked with model Nihar Pandya, actor Ranbir Kapoor , and cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh.
Deepika’s first dialogue in OSO?
‘Kutte, kameene! Bhagwan ke liye mujhe chhod de!’
Deepika’s favourite Bollywood actors?
She is particularly fond of the Khan troika, but the one she likes the most is Shah Rukh Khan (that’s obvious).
Deepika’s favourite Bollywood actresses?
Aishwarya Rai , Madhuri Dixit , Sri Devi and Kajol .
Deepika’s favourite film?
‘Matrix’. She also likes ‘Charlie’s Angels’ a lot.