Deepika was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and her family moved to Bangalore when she was just eleven months old. After the jackpot with Om Shanti Om, she would either be shooting out of the country or just be busy in Mumbai. "I haven't been to my home in Bangalore for three years. It's been a really hectic time for me," Deepika said.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a very big event in Bangalore. "It is a time when my entire family, including my sister, come together or whatever remains of the family in Bangalore. I've missed the occasion for the past three years. So I can't help it. I've to go home now," she said.
This pretty actress, who has been voted as the world's sexiest woman by 'Maxim HOT 100', the Mumbai-based popular men's lifestyle magazine, is always thrilled whenever she talks about her family. Her father Prakash Padukone is a badminton player of international repute and her mother is a travel agent. While Deepika chose acting as her profession, younger sister Alisha is a professional golfer. "My sister is five years younger to me. I sometimes envy my sister. She has gone into sports like my father. And she gets to play golf professionally. That's a unique position for a 19-year-old to be in. Acting seems rather ordinary in comparison."
However, Deepika's sister was recently offered a role in a Kannada film. "That's right; she has been offered a Kannada film. But she's absolutely not interested in a film career. One actress in the family is enough," she laughed.