Meet Deepika Padukone’s Family Members: Ahilya, Prakash, Ujjala and Anisha Padukone
Father: Prakash Padukone
Mother: Ujjala Padukone
Grandmother: Ahilya Padukone
Sister: Anisha Padukone
Prakash Padukone – Father
Bollywood’s top diva, Deepika Padukone, is the daughter of India’s former badminton champion, Mr. Prakash Padukone. He got initiated into Badminton by his father Mr. Ramesh Padukone, Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association (for quite a while).
He was born on 10th June in the year 1955. Mr. Padukone stands tall at 6 feet 1 inch. He is known as the Gentle Tiger in the world of Badminton.
Mr. Padukone is the first Indian to win a Gold medal at the All England Championship (Men’s singles) at London in the year 1980. He has established Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation for the promotion of Sports in India along with co – founder Geet Sethi. His biography has been chronicled in Touch Play, second biography of any badminton player. It has been recorded by Dev S. Sukumar.
After his retirement in 1991, he had been the chairman of the Badminton Association of India for a short time span. He was also the coach of the Indian National Badminton Team from 1993 – 96.
Mr. Padukone runs the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru. Currently he resides in Bangalore with his wife Ujjala and two daughters, Deepika and Anisha.
A World Champion, Prakash Padukone won the Padmashree in the year 1982. He has bagged quite a number of Awards including the Arjuna Award in the year 1972, Bronze medal in the Men’s singles World Championships held atCopenhagen in the year 1983, Gold medal in the 1981 World Cup (Men’s singles) in Kuala Lumpur and a Gold medal at the Men’s singles Commonwealth Games at Edmenton in the year 1978.
Actress Deepika Padukone wants her dad to be honoured with the title of Bharat Ratna, considering his contribution to Badminton throughout his career. Mr. Padukone is proud to see his daughter doing so well in her chosen field.
Ujjala Padukone – Mother
Ujjala Padukone, mother of Deepika is a travel agent. She has been instrumental in bringing up her kids. She is extremely glad to have two lovely daughters in spite of initially wanting to have a son. She wanted to give birth to a son as she does not have any brother and therefore wanted to fill the void. But now she admits to be having the world’s best daughters!
Mrs. Padukone has not only taught her daughters to live, speak and conduct themselves but also how to multitask and yet be good at whatever they do!
Bangalore based Ujjala Ji is perennially worried about Deepika’s safety, who currently stays in Mumbai. Since she (Deepika) is grown up now, her mom has got the courage to let her stay away from her. If she would have been young, Ujjala would have thought twice before sending her off.
She gets worried when Deepika has to travel alone late at night! It’s her faith in God that has made her strong in such circumstances. She does not have faith in the system whether it will change or not but it’s her belief in God and her children that takes care of things and make them better!
Deepika’s mom is more concerned about the safety of her younger daughter Anisha as she needs to travel to Delhi regularly due to her Golf tournaments. She is paranoid about Delhi and Anisha keeps going there!
Mrs. Padukone is extremely stylish and has been a fashion icon in the actress’s life! Her dressing sense influenced leggy lass Deepika which can be seen in her as she too loves dressing up in whites, beiges, creams and pastels. She has picked up her mom’s style statement – keeping one’s look simple is a fashion nuance! Therefore she does not go for accessorizing herself much.
Ahilya Padukone – Grandmother
The 27 year old actress’s paternal grandma, Ahilya Padukone, passed away on 28th August, 2012, days after the sad news of actor A.K. Hungal’s demise. The 89 year old lady was apparently suffering from some cardiac problem. She got admitted to a private hospital in Bangalore just the day before (August 27th). She stopped responding to the treatments and left the world within few hours.
Anisha Padukone – Sister
Anisha, younger sister of Deepika is a golf player. The professional golfer is currently ranked 9th in India! The 22 year old Bangalorean is five years younger to sis Deepika. The siblings share a simple sisterly bond like any other siblings. Deepika is more of a motherly figure for her and is extremely caring and protective towards her. The sisters don’t get to spend time but when they do, they do have a good time together!
Anisha has watched all of her sis’s films. She liked her most in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail and Karthik Calling Karthik. In terms of Dip’s performance, she loved her in Lafangey Parindey (though it flopped). Anisha also liked her di’s performance in her debut film, Om Shanti Om!
Deepika always calls up her family after each of her movie release to know what they think. Anisha, is a harsh critic and tells it right away if she does not like her performance in any movie. She did not enjoy Chennai Express and she told her (Deepika) that it’s not her kind of movie! She watched Deepika’s latest movie – Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ramleela with her mom and dad and absolutely loved it!
She doesn’t get frazzled, but prefers staying away from all the attention. It’s always a proud moment to be known for one of your family’s achievements, according to the golfer. When the two sisters were growing up, it was because of their father. But it was not that intense. Ever since Deepika got into movies, the attention has intensified! Initially, Anisha didn’t know how to react to it, but after a point, she got used to it. She still likes her space though!