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Deepika Padukone is one of India’s most popular actresses. She has made a name for herself, not just in the country but across the world. She is one of the highest paid actresses in the world, and has received numerous accolades and awards, including three Filmfare awards. Deepika is the daughter of India’s former badminton champion Prakash Padukone.
Deepika Padukone began her Bollywood acting career with a high-profile debut in Farah Khan’s directorial venture Om Shanti Om (2007) opposite Shah Rukh Khan. The movie emerged as the highest grosser of the year, and brought much appreciation for Deepika. The soundtrack of the movie was a lovely mix of retro and contemporary songs like Ajab Si, Dard-E-Disco, Deewangi Deewangi, Main Agar Kahoon and Jag Soona Soona Lage. After Om Shanti Om, Deepika appeared in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Chandni Chowk to China (2009), neither of which fared well. But her fourth film, Love Aaj Kal, became the third highest grosser of 2009, and gave us a slew of chartbusters like Aahun Aahun, Chor Bazari, Ajj Din Chadheya and Twist. For the next couple of years, Deepika appeared in somewhat average films. However, her bold performance in the item number Mit Jaaye Ghum (Dum Maro Dum) made huge waves. In 2012, Deepika’s performance in the romantic comedy Cocktail marked a significant turning point in her career. The movie had an impressive soundtrack with party numbers like Mein Sharabi, Daaru Desi, Tera Naam Japdi Phiran, Second Hand Jawaani, and Tum Hi Ho Bandhu. Deepika’s career took an upward trajectory from this point onwards. She delivered four back-to-back superhit films in 2013, starting with the multi starrer Race 2, popular for songs like Allah Duhai Hai, and Party On My Mind. Her second hit that year was Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor. The movie’s soundtrack was a mega hit that featured enduring numbers like Badtameez Dil, Balam Pichkari, Kabira, and Ilahi. Her third consecutive hit was Chennai Express opposite Shah Rukh Khan, with fun numbers like One Two Three Four (Get On The Dance Floor) and Kashmir Main, Tu Kanyakumari. She next appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, titled Ram-Leela (2013). Deepika was impressive both with her on-screen presence, and her mature acting. She sizzled in songs like Nagada Sang Dhol, Lahu Munh Lag Gaya, and Ang Laga De. The movie also fetched for her a Filmfare Award for the Best Actress. In 2014, she appeared in two vastly different roles. She ditched her Bollywood glamour for the satire Finding Fanny, memorable for songs like Fanny Re, Mahi Ve, and Shake Your Bootiya. In the mega hit Happy New Year, her performance is best remembered for the song Lovely. In 2015, Deepika further consolidated her position as an actor of mettle with her restrained yet masterful performance in Piku, alongside Amitabh Bachchan. The soundtrack of the movie was noted for its serene music in songs like Bezubaan and Journey Song. Deepika won another Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Piku. Her second appearance in 2015 was Bajirao Mastani, another epic movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Deepika as Mastani mesmerized audiences in Deewani Mastani, Pinga, and Mohe Rang Do Laal.