Deepika Padukone, an actress and philanthropist known for her on-trend fashion that’s always new and loved by everyone, has curated a collection of handpicked styles for a charity sale that will help everyone’s mental health.
After 25 edits, #TheDeepikaPadukoneCloset has been released featuring her favorite clothes for fans, fashion lovers and shoppers who care about the environment. It is already loved by everyone.
Deepika took to Instagram to show off the new feel of the used thrift sale. Each month she went through her clothes to put together collections for fans. The closet building process was shown in a teaser post last week, and a new drop is now available for sale on their website.
The actress spoke about how much she wishes for the new collection with accessories, shoes and many other things that have been put together with a lot of love. She posted a caption with the words –
The sale raises money for the Live Love Laugh Foundation’s Counseling Assist program, which provides free counseling services and promotes mental health. When the latest drop is bought used rather than brand new, it saves over 1.3 lakh liters of water and over 150kg of carbon. This is a great way to help the environment too.
The actor is known for supporting and spreading knowledge about mental health services. This initiative gives him the opportunity to once again support mental health in public. Even today, mental health is often overlooked, but a project like this really shows the importance of what is needed today.
Early life and life as a model
Padukone was born on January 5, 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her parents, who spoke Konkani, came from a Brahmin family from Saraswat. Prakash Padukone, her father, used to be a professional badminton player. Ujjala Padukone, her mother, works as a travel agent. Anisha, her younger sister, plays golf. Ramesh, her paternal grandfather, was the secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association. When Padukone was one year old, she moved to Bangalore, India with her family. She went to school at Sophia High School in Bangalore and finished her pre-college education at Mount Carmel College. She then went to the Indira Gandhi National Open University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology but had to drop out because her modeling career kept getting in the way.
Padukone has said she was shy and didn’t have many friends when she was younger. Badminton, which she played competitively from a young age, was the main thing in her life. In a 2012 interview, Padukone said, “I would get up at 5 a.m., go to gym, go to school, play badminton after school, do my homework, and go to sleep.” Padukone tried badminton while she was in school to make a career. She even played in national championships. She also played baseball in a few state-level tournaments. Padukone worked as a child model while she was in school and playing sports. She first appeared in a few ads when she was only eight years old. She decided to become a model when she was in tenth grade. She continued, “I realized I only played the game because my family did. So I asked my dad if I could stop gambling and he didn’t get mad at all.” In 2004 she became a full-time model and Prasad Bidapa taught her how.
Early in her career, Padukone rose to prominence for a commercial for the soap opera Liril and as a model for other brands and products. In 2005, she walked the runway for designer Suneet Varma for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week. She was named Model of the Year at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards. Padukone’s fame grew when she took part in a popular print campaign for the 2006 Kingfisher calendar. Designer Wendell Rodricks said, “We haven’t had such a beautiful and fresh girl since Aishwarya Rai.” Rodricks saw her in a jewelry class he was teaching in ganjam and hired her for the Matrix agency. Padukone moved to Mumbai when she was 21 and stayed with her aunt. In the same year, she gained notoriety for starring in the music video for Himesh Reshamiya’s song “Naam Hai Tera”.
Padukone soon began receiving offers to act in films. She thought she didn’t know enough about acting, so she signed up for a course at Anupam Kher’s Film Academy. After much media talk, Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan, who saw her in Reshammiya’s music video, decided to give her a role. Wendell Rodricks, a fashion designer, also says he helped her land the role. Farah Khan wanted to cast a model for her next film so she contacted Malaika Arora. Rodricks, for whom Padukone modeled for about two years, told his close friend Arora about her. Arora, in turn, told Khan about her in 2007.
career in acting
Padukone said in 2006 that her first film would be the Kannada film Aishwarya, which would be directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The romantic comedy was a remake of the Telugu film Manmadhudu and it starred alongside actor Upendra. The film did well at the box office. Rediff.com’s RG Vijayasarathy liked Padukone’s on-screen presence but said, “She needs to work on her emotional scenes.” By the end of 2006, Farah Khan had decided not to celebrate a Happy New Year. Instead, she cast Deepika Padukone in the drama Om Shanti Om (2007). Set in the 1970s Hindi film industry, the film is about a struggling actor who soon dies after seeing the murder of the woman he loved. He comes back to life to avenge her death. Shah Rukh Khan played the main character, and Deepika Padukone played both a famous actress from the 1970s and a young woman who wants to be an actress. Padukone watched a few movies with Helen and Hema Malini so she could learn to act like them for her role. Mona Ghosh Shetty dubbed her voice. Padukone used Indian classical dance for one of the songs in the film “Dhoom Taana”. According to Dorling Kindersley, she “amazed the audience” by using hasta-mudras (hand gestures). Om Shanti Om was a commercial success. It grossed 1.49 billion (US$19 million) worldwide and was the highest-grossing film of the year. Taran Adarsh of entertainment website Bollywood Hungama said she has “everything it takes to be a top star”. She won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and was nominated for her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Bollywood Hungama said her big break came with the success of Om Shanti Om.
Padukone then played one of Ranbir Kapoor’s love interests in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno made by Yash Raj Films (2008). The film was big-money, but Outlook’s Namrata Joshi said Padukone’s performance was disappointing: “She’s like a statue and has no fire or zing at all.” Nikhil Advani’s kung fu comedy Chandni Chowk To China starred them and Akshay Kumar twin sisters who are both Indian and Chinese. This was her first film in 2009. It was made by Warner Bros. and had one of the biggest international releases for an Indian film. Padukone learned jujutsu and did her own stunts. Despite all the hype, Chandni Chowk To China was a financial failure. It didn’t recoup the 800 million ($10 million) it cost. After doing a number for the song “Love Mera Hit Hit” in the drama Billu, she was in Love Aaj Kal with Saif Ali Khan which was written and directed by Imtiaz Ali. In the film, Padukone played Meera Pandit, a strong-willed career woman. The film was about how young people’s appreciation of relationships is changing. Love Aaj Kal grossed $15 million worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing film of 2009. Aniruddha Guha of The Daily News and Analysis said that Padukone “delivers the best of her four performances to date.” Padukone won Best Actress at the 55th Filmfare Awards.
Padukone appeared in five films released in 2010. Padukone’s first role was in the psychological thriller Karthik Calling Karthik, in which she played the supportive girlfriend of a depressed man (played by Farhan Akhtar). Variety’s Derek Elley said that the film’s plot was “thin” but that “Padukone’s uncomplicated sincerity” was the best part. The film did not do well at the box office. The film that made her the most money that year was Sajid Khan’s comedy Housefull, which grossed 1.15 billion (US$14 million) and starred Akshay Kumar and a cast of other actors. Raja Sen called the film a “festival of bad acting” and said that Padukone’s bad acting was due to her “plastic facial expressions”.
Padukone played a blind girl determined to win an ice skating competition in Pradeep Sarkar’s 2010 drama Lafangey Parindey. She prepared by watching blind people talk to each other and practicing blindfolded scenes. In a play for The Hindu, Sudhish Kamath said she played her role with “considerable reticence,” which he found very impressive. In her next film, Break Ke Baad, she starred with Imran Khan. CNN-IBN’s Rajeev Masand said the film was “mainly worth seeing for the performance of its leading lady.” Padukone’s last film of 2010 was Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, in which she starred with Abhishek Bachchan and was directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. The film is a retelling of the 1930 Chittagong Armory raid. It is based on the book Do and Die. Bachchan played the leader of the revolution, Surya Sen, and Padukone played his friend Kalpana Dutta. Padukone said she couldn’t do research for her role because there wasn’t much information on Dutta, so she followed Gowarikar’s instructions. The market was not doing well.
Padukone started out in 2011 with a role in Rohan Sippy’s film Dum Maaro Dum. She said it was “the craziest song an actress has ever sung”. The song’s sexual content caused a lot of trouble, including a court case for indecency. The next film she starred in was Aarakshan, a drama about caste-based reservations in India, directed by Prakash Jha. The film did not do well at the box office, although trade journalists had high hopes for it. Most critics didn’t like it, but Pratim D. Gupta said Padukone was what was “refreshing” about it. Her latest role this year was in the comedy-drama Desi Boyz, directed by Rohit Dhawan and starring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Chitrangada Singh. However, this role did not help her career. Critics thought Padukone “lost her luster” after a string of films that didn’t do well.