Deepika Padukone, daughter of former badminton player Prakash Padukone, is a leading Indian actress in Bollywood. A former national level badminton player herself, Padukone was a successful model before choosing acting as her profession with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’. She has delivered many a hits in recent years with top directors like Rohit Shetty, Sanjay Bhansali, Imtiaz Ali & Soojit Sircar. She is also known for her initiatives for noble causes like ‘depression’ & ‘feminism’.
Hema Malini, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol
Padukone announced in 2006 that she would make her film debut with Aishwarya, a Kannada film directed by Indrajit Lankesh.The romantic comedy was a remake of the Telugu film Manmadhudu, and she was cast in the title role opposite the actor Upendra. The film proved to be a major commercial success. RG Vijayasarathy of Rediff.com was appreciative of Padukone’s screen presence but added that “she needs to work on her emotional scenes.
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