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Deepika in race for Asian Film Awards

entertainment Updated: Jan 17, 2008 18:56 IST

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Latest Bollywood sensation Deepika Padukone has been nominated in the best actress category for her scintillating performance in the blockbuster

Om Shanti Om

at the second Asian Film Awards, organisers announced here today.



Padukone, who grabbed eyeballs with her performance in the Bollywood hit, will vie with Joan Chen of China (

The Home Song Stories

), Jeon Do-yeon of South Korea (

Secret Sunshine

), Kirin Kiki (

Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad

), Kim Yun-jin of Korea (

Seven Days

) and Tang Wei of Hong Kong (

Lust, Caution

) for the top award.



The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony here on March 17.



The model-turned actress made her debut in

Om Shanti Om

which also stars Shah Rukh Khan. The film is based on the theme of re-incarnation in which the protagonist attempts to rediscover the mystery of his demise and 'finds' Shanti, the love of his previous life.



Prior to entering Bollywood, Padukone, daughter of Badminton legend Prakash Padukone, was into modeling and has modeled for several well-known brands including International cosmetics brand Maybelline.



After

Om Shanti Om

, Deepika is being considered as top league actress and has already signed many big banner films including Yashraj Films' next with Ranbir Kapoor. She is also being considered as the top contendor to star opposite Rajnikanth in Shankar's 100 crore mega-movie,

Robot

.



Deepika recently won the Screen Best Debut (Female) award for

Om Shanti Om

.