She is badminton legend Prakash Padukone’s daughter and has played the sport at the state level. But Deepika Padukone chose to become an actor instead. Yet, the Om Shanti Om (2007) girl is in huge demand from various institutions to promote sports in India.
It’s an open secret that Deepika is the face of the Force India F1 Team. Now, the Sports Development Corporation (SDC) has approached the actor to star in a motivational campaign that is being worked on for the Olympics next year. She has also been offered to become the face of badminton in India.
Apparently, representatives of the board promoting the Olympics believe that Deepika would be perfect for the job because they are looking for a celebrity, that people can look up to. The fact that she has achieved so much at such a young age also doubles up as a motivational factor, as does her positive attitude towards sports and fitness.
Deepika too is believed to be keen to take time out for the motivational campaign that is aimed towards helping India achieve more glory at the 2012 Olympics. "Yes, Deepika has been approached and in all the meetings, the officials have insisted that she is the perfect choice because of her strong bond with sports and achievements in life. She is trying to work out her dates to take up the assignment," says a member of Deepika’s management team.
When contacted, Deepika concurred, "Yes, my first love continues to be sports and I would love to do any campaign that encourages people to take up sports in our country." The actor is also a board member of the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), an organisation that is dedicated to training Indian athletes for the prestigious competition next year.