Deepeka Padukone continues to head nearly every list of Bollywood’s top ten actresses.Born in Copenhagen on January 5 in 1986, she is the daughter of India’s former badminton champion Prakash Padukone who won the All England Badminton Championship in 1980. Her mother, Ujjala, is a travel agent and her sister Anisha is a golfer first but who has played every game in the world – except badminton! The family hails from Bangalore.
Herself once a state ranked badminton star, she decided she did not want to play it professionally and took to modeling. Her height of 5’ 8 ½ (1.74 m) helped. She became an actress in 2006 and quickly rose to stardom
“Being a movie star isn’t easy” she says, “It requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice. Your career goes through extreme ups and downs. You are judged all the time. Great things are written about you, but at the same time, not-so-good things are also said. At times, things are said about you that are completely untrue, and people mostly try to pull you down”.
She is outspoken on the issue of feminism and says, “New feminism isn’t about being aggressive; it’s about reaching the top yet being soft. It’s about being you — feminine, strong and full of will power
Her estimated worth of $15 million is not phenomenal by the Bollywood billion dollar yardstick, but she casts a magic spell over multiple billion ordinary people worldwide, which makes her a woman wonder.