Deepika Padukone on growing up as a badminton champ’s daughter: No late nights, no TV, no movies

Deepika Padukone has jetted off to Goa to shoot for Shakun Batra’s upcoming slice-of-life romance drama film. The actress recently featured in Nat Geo’s Mega Icons in which she opened up on her life as a schoolgirl to how she moved away from home all by herself to pursue a career in modeling. The Chennai Express actress revealed that while growing up she followed her father, Badminton champion, Prakash Padukone’s footsteps and was very much into sports. She opened up on her life during growing up years saying that she never watched TV or went out with friends late at night.

“The routine was to wake up every morning like 4-5 am, go for physical conditioning, go back home, go to school. As soon as I would finish school, there was no time to chitchat with friends so I would get home, change, have a snack, go to the badminton court, have dinner, be exhausted by that point and go to sleep and then the same thing again.” Deepika Padukone said while conclusively adding, “That was my life: No late nights, no TV, no movies. Sport teaches you sacrifice, discipline, dedication and determination.”

She also opened up as to how teachers would lay off her punishments for being the daughter of Prakash Padukone. “We would have punished you, but we are big fans of your father,” she revealed with a little glee. At the age of 17, the actress reached Mumbai to pursue her first love which was modeling. She went on to make her Hindi film debut alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. Today, Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid actresses in India. She also made her Hollywood debut in XXX: Return of Xander Cage in 2017.

Talking about her upcoming films, Deepika has a cameo in Ranveer Singh starrer 83. The yet-untitled Shakun Batra film is currently in the filming stage and also features Ananya Panday and Siddhant Chaturvedi. She also has a Hindi remake of The Intern in her kitty.

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