After Piku and Tamsha, Deepika Padukone is also set for her third release in 2015 – Bajirao Mastani along with her rumored boyfriend Ranveer Singh and bestie Priyanka Chopra. If Bajirao Mastani is a hit (and we know it will be), it will not just be Deepika’s hat-trick but a year full of success.
While hoping for the best for our Mastani, here we share some of the most interesting facts about Deepika:
Deepika Padukone Was Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
Deepika was not born in India but in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 5, 1986. The family later shifted to Bangalore, India when Deepika was 11 months old.
Liril Ad – Deepika’s Ticket to Name and Fame
Deepika Padukone at the age of 17 left her career in Badminton to enter the glamour world. She did several ads but became popular only after she did the Lyril Orange ad. This was before she became a Kingfisher Cover Girl. In 2005, she was awarded “Model of the Year”. International fashion designer Wendell Rodricks once said, “Since Aishwarya Rai, we haven’t had a girl as beautiful and fresh as Deepika.”
Badminton is not the only sport Deepika played
Daughter of ace Badminton player, Deepika Padukone went on to become a national level badminton player. However, what many of the people don’t know that she was also a state level baseball player.
Her Debut Film was not Om Shanti Om but Kannada Film Aishwarya
In 2006, Deepika Padukone signed her first film ‘Aishwarya’. She played the titular role in the film.
Farah Khan Decided to cast Deepika in her film after watching a Music Album
Remember Himmesh Reshammiya’s song “Naam Hai Tera Tera?” Well, watch it another time and you’ll see Deepika in it. Farah Khan reportedly watched this song and decided to cast Deepika in her film.
She was supposed to Debut in SLB’s “Saawariya”
Reportedly Sanjay Leela Bhansali had shortlisted Deepika Padukone for his film Saawariya. However, he decided to go with the Rishi Kapoor’s Son and ‘Anil Kapoor’s Daughter formula. Bhansali therefore signed Sonam instead of Deepika. Interestingly, Deepika’s Bollywood debut film ‘Om Shanti Om’ released on the same day as Saawariya and the film did better than SBL’s film.
Deepika Padukone was not the original choice for Chennai Express
We loved Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express and cannot think anyone than her alongside Shah Rukh Khan. However, the original choice for Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express was not Deepika but Kareena Kapoor!
Before Dating Ranbir, Deepika was in a Live-In Relationship with model Nihar Pandya
During her modeling days, Deepika was in a relationship with Nihar Pandya. The two were in a live-in relationship. However, after she entered Hindi film industry things changed. She was soon linked to Ranbir Kapoor and it was the end of her relationship with Nihar.
She learned acting from Anupam Kher and dancing from Shiamak Davar
She is a pass out from Anupam Kher’s acting school. Besides, the credit behind her stunning moves goes to the dance maestro Shiamak Davar.
Deepika Padukone Has Adopted a Village to Provide the Villagers with The Basic Amenities
Deepika has adopted a village in Ambegaon, Maharashtra, to provide the residents with the basic amenities (including ample supply of water and electricity needs). In addition, Deepika is also associated with her father’s initiative, Olympic Gold Quest – An organization which works towards the betterment of Indian athletes.