Bollywood newcomer Deepika Padukone celebrates her 23rd birthday today. We wish the lady a very happy birthday and hope that the celebrations go well after the release of her first 2009 movie ‘Chandani Chowk To China’.

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Deepika, who plays a double role in the film, will be seen in an action-oriented role for the first time. After being involved in some dare-devil scenes, the actress had labeled herself as the “female Akshay Kumar of Bollywood”.

Deepika visited Siddhivinayak temple with her parents on the occasion.

She is one of the people in Bollywood who’ve made the difference right from the first movie. Her debut movie ‘Om Shanti Om‘ is the biggest hit in the history and the fact that the girl was paired opposite King Khan speaks for itself. But I must say the job Deepika had done in the movie was exceptional… of course, the beauty she inherits from her mother came to be handy.

She got the 2008 IIFA Awards’ Best Debutant, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female, Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female and Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for a a single performance!

Padukone, although came to Bollywood with SRK, had earlier made her acting debut with a little-known Kannada movie ‘Aishwarya‘.