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Deepika Padukone is the only actress in Bollywood to enter the Rs 500 crore club, delivering back-to-back hits with films like Race 2, Cocktail, Chennai Express and Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela. But her journey in Bollywood has been a struggle as the actress had delivered several flops, after a successful debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shaanti Om. The actress also told the media, "I don't think I am a star; I consider myself like any other girl who is of my age. Others may be working in office and doing different jobs. Similarly I don't think I am doing something different. I am also working." The actress' favourite list of Indian designers include Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal. Though her figure does not vouch for it, the actress loves to eat!
At $44.4 million (Rs.272 crore), she ranked no. 7 in the overall celebrity ranking and no. 1 among female actors in the Brand Value Survey by American Appraisal.
Be it the box office hit Happy New Year or the critically acclaimed indie flick Finding Fanny, the actor is consistently impressing fans and critics alike.
She received over 26 awards in 2013-14, ranging from Filmfare to IIF Aawards, for her roles in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Chennai Express.
Deepika Padukone has been on a high and rightly so! 2013 was a good year for the actress as she had back to back hit films. Not only is she one of the most favoured actresses in Bollywood, Deepika has also ensured that she makes it to the A-List. And naturally, she is everyone's dream girl and has many admirers today. But that's nothing new for her. Ever since she began her modeling career and before she entered Bollywood, Dips has had a long string of boyfriends. Here's a look at them:
Nihar Pandya- Nihar was apparently Deepika Padukone's first boyfriend in Mumbai. The two are said to have met at an acting school in Mumbai in 2005 and what appeared as a budding friendship, soon turned into a blooming romance. Deepika who was a model back then, even featured with Nihar in a music video by Himesh Reshammiya. But Nihar never in the least expected that Deepika would ditch him for actor Ranbir Kapoor, whom she worked with in the film Bachna Ae Haseeno. Apparently, when Ranbir and Deepika broke up, she went crying to ex boyfriend Nihar who intervened. There were also reports in the media alleging that Nihar and Ranbir had a huge confrontation. Nihar, who was in a live in relationship with Dips for three years, certainly seemed heart broken as Deepika moved on to date Ranbir Kapoor.
Yuvraj Singh- Cricket hero and the nation’s heartthrob Yuvraj Singh had a bevy of beauties whom he dated including Bollywood actresses Kim Sharma and Deepika Padukone. While Yuvraj and Kim were dating for a long time before she married a businessman, Yuvraj and Deepika’s alleged affair was short lived and the two maintained they were just good friends. This was apparently after Deepika had broken off with Nihar and just before she started dating Ranbir.
Siddharth Mallya- Deepika was romantically linked to Mallya scion Siddharth as the two were rumoured to be dating. Son of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Sid was often spotted accompanying the leggy lass and was rumoured to have thrown a big birthday bash for his lady love. Deepika was also spotted at IPL events with Sid and the two were also caught getting cosy on camera. She was a constant at Kingfisher parties and events and he too would attend her fashion shows too. But for reasons unknown, the two called it quits and Deepika was then linked to her Ram Leela co star Ranveer Singh.
Ranbir Kapoor- They were the ‘it’ couple of Bollywood and both Deepika and Ranbir declared their love openly. Their romance brewed on the sets of Bachna Ae Haseeno and Deepika had just broken off with former boyfriend Nihar Pandya. Ranbir had proposed to Deepika during an awards function and they dated for close to three years. But trouble soon descended in paradise when rumours of Ranbir’s alleged infidelity spread like wild fire. Ranbir was shooting with Katrina Kaif for Rajneeti and it is said that this film sparked an affair between the two. Kats had apparently broken off with Salman Khan and her chemistry with Ranbir became the talk of the town. Soon enough, Deepika and Ranbir called it quits. Deepika recently admitted on Koffee with Karan (season 4) that her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor had become her world.
Ranveer Singh- Rumours about Ranveer and Deepika dating refuse to die down. The two were clicked getting cozy in Dubai where Deepika was shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year with SRK. Ranveer was apparently invited by King Khan to join them at a party while he was in Dubai. While their onscreen chemistry is Ram Leela is sizzling hot, so is their off screen chemistry. Deepika and Ranveer were recently spotted celebrating her birthday in New York. But Deepika admitted on Koffee with Karan that she chooses to be very careful and cautious of her relationships. Was she hinting at Ranveer? In spite of host Karan Johar repeatedly asking her if she was dating Ranveer, Deepika managed to keep a straight face. Once bitten twice shy Deepika?
Deepika-Ranveer: the relationship
1. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: Major moments in their relationship
There are no two ways to the thought that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are one of the most loved couples, both on and off screen. After hiding their relationship for about seven-long years, the actors gave the biggest surprise of their life by announcing the date of their marriage to their fans and friends. While the much-looked-forwar to wedding day has finally arrived, here we give you a timeline of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s relationship.
2 The first impression
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s love story looks like a fairytale and it all started at an event in abroad which the two attended. Deepika had donned a glittering silver attire and not to mention she looked absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. So much so that Ranveer still remembers the day very vividly even today.
When a fan had asked the actor as to how he could possibly remember the day so clearly, he had said, “How can one possibly forget that sight?! #dropdeadgorgeous While for DP, it has been just the opposite. When somebody mentioned to her about how talented Ranveer was after his debut film, she was like, ‘I am not so sure. He’s not my type!’
3 When Ram met Leela
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali roped in Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh for his film, ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela’ and it was the first time the two actors worked together. The romance that began during the shoot has already started making headlines outside.
Although both the actors denied all the reports, their sizzling chemistry in the film was much appreciated by the audience and critics. The film too reportedly went on to become a box-office hit. Interestingly, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone weren’t the first choice for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A Pakistani actor named Imran Abbas was reportedly approached for the role of Ram and Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for the role of Leela.
4 Set visits
After ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela’, Deepika started shooting for ‘Finding Fanny’ along with Arjun Kapoor and others in Goa. If reports are anything to go by, Ranveer was often drop on the sets on ‘Finding Fanny’ to meet Deepika.
So much so that, director Homi Adjania was once chatting with the actor on the sets and suddently the idea of having him for a cameo in the film came up and he agreed to do it. Ranveer played the character of Deepika Padukone’s late husband in the movie.
If you found this interesting, wait for the major twist we are about to reveal. Reportedly, DP had no idea about the fact that Ranveer will be having a special cameo in the film and that he will be playing her late husband. Well, we can only imagine her sheer delight on finding that out!
5 The ‘Rose’ Romeo
All this while Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone kept their little secret to themselves and denied having in anyway involved in a romantic relationship.
The two, in 2014, had attended Farah Khan’s birthday party. While we are sure they and the others at the party must have had a blast at the party inside, it was what was to be followed after the party that caught the attention of the paparazzi, who were stationed outside the birthday venue.
In a picture that did quite a few rounds on the social media, Dippy can be seen walking out with Karan Johar while Ranveer is seen following her with a rose in his hand for the actress. His expression and the emotion surely take away the cake!
6 Staging love openly
In the year 2015 when Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor were hosting an awards event, Ranveer’s lovely gesture for the actress on the stage did not go unnoticed. The actress, who went on stage to collect her award, was apparently flattered by Ranveer who not only went on his knees but also sang a romantic poetry for his then alleged ladylove.
Ranveer also sang the song ‘Ram chahe leela chahe’ from the movie.
The duo also posed for a magazine cover where the duo looked absolutely smashing together. Speaking about posing with Deepika, Ranveer heaped praise on DP and reportedly said that nobody looks at anything when Deepika is in the frame and that he wouldn’t.
7 When they turned Bajirao and Mastani for Bhansali
Following their crackling performance and sizzling chemistry in ‘Golyon Ki Raasleela ‘Ram-Leela’, Deepika and Ranveer were roped in for another of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, ‘Bajirao Mastani’. The duo played the titular roles in the film.
And needless to say, they delivered another hit for Bhansali at the box-office. The film even went on to gain many accolades and awards.
Speaking about his experience of working with Deepika Padukone, Ranveer had reportedly said that he thinks that to have ‘Piku’ and ‘Tamasha’ in the same year as ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is truly an incredible feat. He also added that she inspired him as a performer and he admired her tremendously as a person and an individual.
8 Social media PDAs
Though Deepika and Ranveer never came out in open about their relationship but their social media posts, comments and conversations were surely something that you simply could not have missed.
Be it their comments on each others’ pictures or their super funny videos, they never failed to amaze their fans.
The video of Deepika Padukone chopping off Ranveer’s moustache after the release of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ also did rounds on the internet for quite some time.
9 Break up rumour
In the year 2016, given the hectic schedule of both the actors, they were rarely spotted together in the open. That reportedly gave rise to speculations that they might have parted ways. And various bizarre reasons of their break-up also filled gossip columns.
However, by the end of the year, DP and Ranveer attended a bash by the Ambanis and their picture where they walked hand-in-hand gave rest to all the speculations arising over their alleged relationship.
10 The marriage announcement
After the release of their much awaited film, ‘Padmaavat’, reports of their impending marriage kept on doing the rounds on the internet. Pictures of Deepika visiting her parents’ house in Bengaluru to going jewellery shopping, everything raised curiosity but nothing came up from their side.
Finally, on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, Ranveer and Deepika took to their social media handles to officially announce their wedding and share their wedding invitation cards.
No sooner did the announcement was made, their friends, fans and well-wishers went berserk with happiness. Wishes poured in from all quarters.
Deepika Padukone is…
Deepika Padukone is an A-list Indian film actress.
Born: 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Daughter of one-time Indian national badminton Champion Prakash Padukone.
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
… the world's 10th highest paid actress/ 2016
According to Forbes Deepika Padukone joined the league of Hollywood A-listers [in 2016] in the list of the world's highest-paid actresses.
While American actress Jennifer Lawrence topped the list for the second consecutive year with a whopping 46 million dollar payday, the 30-year-old Bollywood actress is at the tenth spot with gross earnings of 10 million dollars.
Deepika Padukone: Films that changed her life
Om Shanti Om: Deepika Padukone had a dream debut of sorts what with getting the opportunity to share screen space with the baadshah of Bollywood - Shah Rukh Khan. To be in the same frame as Shah Rukh and getting it right is no child’s play but Deepika pulled it off with relative ease. As Deepika’s performance in the film garnered rave reviews, industry insiders had no doubt that the Bangalore girl will soon be among the most prominent actresses of tinsel town.
Love Aaj Kal: It was not a smooth ride for Deepika Padukone even after making a smashing debut with Om Shanti Om. The road to success was riddled with potholes and they came in form of Bachna Ae Haseeno and Chandni Chowk to China. But Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal that released in 2009, proved to be the game-changer. Luckily for Deepika, Love Aaj Kal came at a time when she desperately needed a hit. Also, under Imtiaz’s skillful direction, Deepika could prove her acting prowess.
Cocktail: No one would have thought that Deepika’s journey in films would become even tougher post Love Aaj Kal. But as fate would have it, the actress faced a series of flops in the following two years before Homi Adajania’s romantic comedy Cocktail happened in 2012. Deepika’s character of a carefree bird, Veronica, fetched her a volley of appreciation. A superhit at the box-office, Cocktail earned the leggy lass a huge number of fans. For Deepika, this ‘Cocktail’ was not about letting loose but gaining control of her film career.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Cast opposite her ex-boyfriend, Ranbir Kapoor, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is one of Deepika’s most remembered films till date. Playing a bespectacled girl who was studying to be a doctor, Deepika’s innocent portrayal was an ultimate treat for her fans. Deepika’s chemistry with Ranbir was unmatchable and the film managed to further cement the actress' position in the industry.
Chennai Express: Chennai Express was Deepika’s second film with Shah Rukh Khan after Om Shanti Om. Deepika’s flawless portrayal of a South Indian girl received accolades from critics as well as the audience. The manner in which she had picked up the accent of her character was something to look forward to, in Rohit Shetty’s romantic-action comedy. The film minted a whopping Rs 399 crore at the box-office and established Deepika as the new queen of Bollywood.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela: Fortunate are the ones who get a chance to work with a director like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Having proved her acting skills in various films, Deepika was chosen to play Leela in Bhansali’s ambitious project, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. While Deepika’s desi look was much appreciated, her performance too stumped everyone. Also, with the film, the actress proved her ability to fit into any kind of role.
Films she rejected
Deepika Padukone: Films she rejected
Actress Deepika Padukone says she has no qualms rejecting film offers that later went on to become blockbusters. Bollywood's Rs 100 crore heroine has always given preference to the script over other aspects of the film. However, there are few films TOI wishes Deepika Padukone wouldn't have turned down. Let's take a look at the films Deepika Padukone had rejected .
Shuddhi: Karan Johar's most-awaited project, Shuddhi. Social media went abuzz with news of Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan being a part of the project. Before Kareena, Deepika Padukone was offered the female lead in the film. However, due to personal commitments and date issues, Deepika chose Bajirao Mastani over Shuddhi. This also rubbed Karan Johar the wrong way.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Before Katrina Kaif, the role of Meera was offered to Deepika Padukone. But Deepika rejected the film and thus lost the chance to star in Yash Chopra's last film. Katrina Kaif fetched rave reviews for her performance in the film. The film also went on to become one of the highest-grossing films at the box-office.
Fast & Furious 7: Many actresses would have killed to be a part of the Fast & Furious 7 franchise and Deepika Padukone was the only actress in Bollywood, who was given an opportunity to star in a movie opposite Vin Diesel. But due to date issues, Deepika finally had to turn down the offer. Deepika was busy with the shoot of Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela at that point of time.
Dhoom 3: Bollywood's biggest franchise film, Dhoom 3, had earlier been offered to Deepika Padukone. Katrina Kaif's role as 'Aaliya' had earlier been offered to Deepika. But again due to prior commitments, Deepika could not allot dates for the film. And thus, had to reject the offer.
Roy She may have given a number of hits with Ranbir Kapoor, but the leggy lass chose to turn down this film. Jacqueline Fernandez grabbed the role after Deepika turned it down. However, considering this could have been Deepika's first out-of-the-box role, TOI wondered if Deepika made the right decision.
As an actress
2007 Om Shanti Om
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno
2009 Chandni Chowk to China
2009 Love Aaj Kal
2009 Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
2010 Break Ke Baad
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
2010 Lafangey Parindey
2011 Desi Boyz
2011 Dum Maaro Dum
2013 Chennai Express
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
2014 Finding Fanny
2014 Happy New Year