10 years back who knew Bollywood will be blessed with a smile as bright as a diamond and dimples which everyone in this world loves! She has the confidence which makes her look more flawless, both off-screen and on-screen and her ‘down-to-earth’ personality is something which everyone admires. She is ruling over millions of hearts all over the world and today is her birthday!
She is none other than Deepika Padukone. Daughter of former badminton player of international repute, Prakash Padukone, Deepika Padukone has always been a heartthrob for millions in this world. She is not only a pretty face with good acting but also is a national-level badminton player.
Padukone gained recognition with a television commercial for the soap Liril and modelled for various other brands and products.In 2005, she made her runway debut at the Lakme Fashion Week for designer Suneet Varma and won the “Model of the Year” award at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards.
Determination, positive mind-set and hard work are something which made Deepika Padukone for whoever she is right now, for her fans, the critics and most importantly, her parents.
Today Deepika Padukone is known as the ‘Bollywood Queen’ and here are the top 8 characters we loved which were played by her on-screen:
8. Leela in Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ram Leela
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ram Leela is an adaptation of the history set in India between the Muslim and Hindu communities. Here, Deepika Padukone played the role of ‘Leela’ and after this movie, the ‘chaandbali’ earrings were quite a hype!
7. Meera in Love Aaj Kal
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Love Aaj Kal portrays the feeling of pure love which never changes, although the perspective of realising one’s soulmate has changed over time. It is said to be the remake of 2005 Taiwanese film ‘Three Times’. Padukone plays the role of Meera who is a happy-go-lucky person and an aspiring archaeologist who is more into restoring old, historic monuments.
6. Veronica in Cocktail
Directed by Homi Adajania, Cocktail received a positive to mixed reception from critics, with high praise to Deepika Padukone’s performance and was declared as the best performance of her career, earning her Best Actress nominations at various award ceremonies. Padukone was honoured with a Smita Patil memorial award for her breakthrough performance.
5. Mastani in Bajirao Mastani
by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani is an Indian epic historical romance film. Bajirao Mastani won seven National Film Awards, including Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress for Azmi. Deepika Padukone was portrayed as Mastani, a warrior princess.
4. Tara Maheshwari in Tamasha
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Tamasha is a movie which gives us a message that no one is born a mediocre and it’s never late to follow your dreams.
3. Shanti Priya/ Sandhya ‘Sandy’ in Om Shanti Om
Directed by Farah Khan, Om Shanti Om tells us the story of Om Makhija, a junior artist of the 1970s who is reincarnated into a new life in the 2000s to exact revenge upon Mukesh, who was married to his love Shanti Priya and later kills her. Om Shanti Om is the debut film of Deepika Padukone in Bollywood.
2. Naina Talwar in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Directed by Ayan Mukherji, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is an ultimate youth-oriented film. Kabir and Naina bond during a trekking trip. Before Naina can express herself, Kabir leaves India to pursue his career. They meet again years later, but he still cherishes his dreams more than bonds.
1. Piku Banerjee in Piku
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Piku tells the story of the short-tempered Piku Banerjee (Padukone), her grumpy, ageing father Bhashkor ( Amitabh Bachchan) and Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan), who is stuck between the father-daughter duo, as they embark on a journey from Delhi to Kolkata.