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With the upcoming xXx: Return of Xander Cage set to hit movie screens in the New Year, many fans are turning their eyes to the film’s lead actress, Deepika Padukone. Read on for more information about Padukone’s career, net worth and other interesting facts.

The news is in: Vin Diesel is back in the “three-quel,” xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which is slated for release in late January 2017! Many people are interested in the film, Diesel, and whatever action the film promises to deliver. However, many are even more curious about the film’s new leading lady, Deepika Padukone. Padukone is taking up the role occupied by actress-models, Asia Argento and Sunny Mabrey in the two previous films, so Padukone has her work cut out for her! Many unfamiliar to the Indian or international film worlds might be asking, “Who is Deepika Padukone?” Interestingly enough, Deepika Padukone is no stranger to the film scene. Already established in her native India, she has several international hits to her name. For those still unfamiliar to her, here are few notes on Deepika Padukone’s net worth 2016, background and her film history.

Deepika Padukone’s Background

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While her family isn’t a legacy in show business, Deepika Padukone’s background is cosmopolitan and rooted in athletics. Her father, Prakash Padukone is a champion badminton player, as was his father. Deepika’s mother, Ujalla is a travel agent, who gave birth to Deepika in Denmark in 1986.

Raised in Bangalore, her family spoke Konkani at home and she grew up as a badminton player like her father. While in the tenth grade, she took up modeling and acting. While she entered Indira Gandhi National Open University to study sociology, but Padukone eventually left to pursue her modeling career.

Gaining Success

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After appearing in various print ads, television commercials and fashion runways (where she won a 2005 Kingfisher Fashion Model of the Year Award), Deepika Padukone moved to Mumbai began working in music videos, and eventually in films. As many people know, the Indian film industry has an incredible fan base that’s very much autonomous from the Hollywood film world, yet equally as successful. Deepika Padukone became part of this, scoring hits with films like Aishwarya, Om Shanti Om, and Bachna Ae Haseeno, where she often worked in comedic and musical roles. These films racked up big box office numbers, aided by her appearance in the film, Billu when she did an item number of the song, “Love Mera Hit Hit.”

Mixing a Renewed Hit with Cocktail

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While she had some struggles in the early 2010’s, Deepika Padukone rebounded in the film, Cocktail, a 2012 romantic-comedy set in London. Padukone worked hard at the role, working on the performance vigorously in rehearsals and enduring a tough physical training schedule. Critics praised Deepika Padukone’s performance and the film grossed great profits in many countries. Padukone even picked up a few awards for her performance!

After Cocktail, Deepika Padukone went onto score hits with other films, including the Tamil movie, Kochadaiiyaan and the Busan Film Festival hit, Finding Fanny. In between her film and modeling work, Deepika Padukone keeps herself busy penning columns about health issues, ideas about women’s rights, and issues of depression that she herself has struggled with in the past.

Deepika Padukone’s Net Worth 2016

As one might expect, Deepika Padukone has gained a huge net worth with all of her modeling and film success.

Deepika Padukone has even racked up a rare Forbes magazine honor for 2016 as the first Indian to make it to the highest page actresses list! Her net worth is recorded at $10 million, a composite of her film work and her endorsements by Vistara and Tanishq Jewelry.

2015Estimated Earnings Per Film: $1,190,000.00
2013Sponsorships (including Nescafe, Fiama di Wells & Kingfisher): $1,080,000.00
Endorsements: $430,000.00
Assets: $3,470,000.00
Salary (As Per Forbes India): $6,600,000.00

Deepika Padukone’s Upcoming Movie—In early 2016, Variety magazine reported that Deepika Padukone would be part of the third installment of the xXx film series, starring Vin Diesel as rogue government agent, Xander Cage. The xXx film series is in line with the Indiana Jones, The Terminator and the Mission Impossible film franchises. They are action-adventure films that don’t come along often but are likely to provide lots of thrills to fans. They aren’t exactly low-budget affairs either, so xXx: Return of Xander Cage will likely be filled with the best possible post-production effects, top rated cast, and global distribution. With that being said, Deepika Padukone will likely gain more exposure for just being part of the film. This could lead to more opportunities for Deepika Padukone to be part of films in the West. Here’s hoping!