She is among the most sought-after faces in the modelling industry today, especially after featuring in the 2006 Kingfisher calendar. The daughter of badminton star Prakash Padukone, Deepika will now take the next logical step -- into cinema.
But, even as rumours of her acting in Hindi films did the rounds, she signed a Kannada film called Aishwarya, opposite Upendra. She has also, reportedly, bagged a role in Farah Khan's Happy New Year.
On the sets of Aishwarya, Deepika sets the record straight.
Text: R G Vijayasarathy
Photographs: 2006 Kingfisher calendar
Design: Reuben NV