Deepika Padukone

By Farah Khan


I think one of the most asked question at every interview I go to, is, “How did I choose Deepika Padukone for ‘Om Shanti Om’, considering she was a rank newcomer?”

My answer to that has always been :That there was an innate dignity and poise that I saw in her, that I haven’t seen in too many girls that age.13 years later, these 2 very qualities, remain intact. Through good times and the bad…through it all! Qualities I often wish I had.

We also often speak about her evolution as an actor and her craft, but what I truly admire about her, is how she has managed to keep her head above it all!

I love her, I am proud of her and she will always be my baby…


Deepika Padukone is a world-renowned actress, fashion icon and mental health ambassador from India.

Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton world champion. Deepika too was a national-level badminton player until she gave up the sport at the age of 16 to pursue her love for acting. And the rest as they say, is history!

In 2005,Deepika moved from Bangalore where she grew up, to Mumbai,the heart of India’s film industry. Starting with her first movie in 2007, she has over the last decade, acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several awards including 3 Filmfare awards and 8 Filmfare nominations for her iconic performances. Many of her films also rank among the highest grossing films of all time.

One of the biggest brands on Social Media, Deepika enjoys an enormous digital footprint of more than 100 million users. Deepika is accounted as the Most Followed Asian Woman on Twitter, with over 26 Million followers. Currently at 43 Million followers on Instagram, she is the most mentioned name on the platform in India.

With a staggering reach of 1.5 billion global users on an average every month, Deepika has been credited as the most searched female celebrity in India.

She has been named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes magazine has listed her amongst the 10 highest-paid actresses in the world!

In 2014, Deepika was diagnosed with clinical depression and sought professional help to aid her recovery.

In June 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, a not-for-profit that aims to champion the cause of mental health awareness in India with a specific focus on stress, anxiety and depression.

Deepika has been touted as one of Indian Cinema’s most loved and successful actresses till date and her achievements have made her one of the country’s biggest role models for the youth in recent times.

With her talent, commitment, dedication, discipline and hard work, Deepika Padukone has already achieved iconic status even though her journey has only just begun.




Awards & Accolades

The Live Love Laugh

The Live Love Laugh Foundation (LIVELOVELAUGH) is a charitable trust founded by Deepika Padukone in 2015. The organization aims to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression. LiveLoveLaugh works on four specific impact areas – adolescent mental health, capacity building via a program on common mental disorders for doctors, supporting rural mental health, and promoting the cause of mental health via public awareness campaigns and research. LiveLoveLaugh’s programs and outreach are conducted through partnerships and collaborations. You Are Not Alone, LiveLoveLaugh’s adolescent mental health program was initiated in 2016. The aim of the program is three-fold: to…
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