Describing her daily routine in a interview, Padukone said, "I would wake up at five in the morning, go for physical training, go to school, again go for playing badminton, finish my homework, and go to sleep. She also played baseball in a few state level tournaments. She later explained, "I realised that I was playing the game only because it ran in the family.
So, I asked my father if I could give up the game and he wasn't upset at all. Deepika Padukone filmography Film debut and breakthrough — Padukone announced in that she would make her film debut with Aishwarya , a Kannada film directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film proved to be a major commercial success. Shah Rukh Khan starred as the protagonist, and Padukone featured in dual roles—Shantipriya, a leading actress of the s, and later as Sandy, an aspiring actress.
She said, "I've grown up watching [Shah Rukh] and always admired him so much. To get to work with him It was also fantastic that Farah showed faith in my talent and cast me opposite him.
Standing in the same frame as [Shah Rukh] and getting it right is no small achievement. She comes as a whiff of fresh air! The film was a financial success,  but Namrata Joshi of Outlook wrote that Padukone's performance was disappointing; "She is mannequin-like and utterly lacks fire and zing. Produced by Warner Bros. The film documented the changing value of relationships among the youth and had Padukone play the part of Meera Pandit, a head-strong career woman. Her first role was in Vijay Lalwani's psychological thriller Karthik Calling Karthik , where Padukone was cast as the supportive girlfriend of a depressed man played by Farhan Akhtar who goes through a series of changes after receiving mysterious phone calls every morning.
Derek Elley of Variety found the film to be "thinly plotted" but added that "the uncomplicated ingenuousness of Padukone In preparation for her role, she observed the interactions of blind people and rehearsed scenes while blindfolded. CNN-IBN 's Rajeev Masand found the film to be "reasonably engaging" and noted that it was "watchable largely for the performance of its leading lady.
Based on the book Do and Die by Manini Chatterjee, the film is a retelling of the Chittagong armoury raid. Trade journalists had high expectations for the film which ultimately flopped at the box office. Gupta mentioned Padukone as the most "refreshing thing about [the] movie. During the script narration, the producer Dinesh Vijan offered Padukone the choice of which woman to play; she decided on Veronica to expand her horizons as an actress. She was awarded her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film.
Co-starring opposite Ranbir Kapoor, she was cast as Naina Talwar, a "shy wallflower," which marked a departure from the glamorous characters that she had a reputation for portraying. This may be her most self-aware performance so far". She played Meenalochini Azhagusundaram, a Tamil girl on the run from her father a local don , which required that she adopt a Tamil accent.
Critical opinion on her accent was mixed,  but her performance received praise;  film critic Aseem Chhabra wrote, "Padukone is delightful in the film—beautiful, smiling, and often a lot more playful and funny than Khan. Her role was Leela, a Gujarati girl based on the character of Juliet.
She played a bar dancer who trains a group of underachievers for a dance competition. She was drawn to the depiction of a realistic father-daughter bond, which she thought was rare in Hindi cinema.
The film ranks among her highest-grossing releases. Later in , Padukone played the part of a businessperson who helps Ranbir Kapoor's character overcome his conflicts in Imtiaz Ali's romantic drama Tamasha. Despite poor financial returns, Sukanya Verma of Rediff. Singh was cast as the maratha general Bajirao I , while Priyanka Chopra and Padukone featured as his first and second wife, respectively.
To play the warrior-princess Mastani , Padukone learnt sword-fighting, horse-riding, and the martial art form of kalaripayattu. Jha thought that she was "way too subtle and silken, and not steely enough". Return of Xander Cage , in which Padukone played the lead female role of Serena Unger, opposite Vin Diesel , marked her first project in Hollywood. Vetticad of Firstpost criticised the film's glorification of jauhar, but credited Padukone for managing to "eke something out of the stereotype-ridden writing".
The Tour" concert in In addition to acting, Padukone has written opinion columns and has been involved with women's health and fitness magazines. She has also supported charitable organisations, and has performed for stage shows. In , she was hired by Hindustan Times to write weekly columns for their lifestyle section; through these columns she interacted with her fans and passed details of her personal and professional life.
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