Deepika Padukone admits she struggled to complete her 12th grade, didn't finish college


Deepika Padukone admits she struggled to complete her 12th grade, didn’t finish college

"I was already a successful model who had to keep travelling for work"

By ELLE team  October 17th, 2017

Deepika Padukone had a shocking revelation for those who had gathered at Hema Malini’s book launch last night. Bollywood’s reigning female lead admitted that she found it difficult to finish her 11th and 12th grade in her hometown of Bengaluru, and ultimately abandoned attempts to complete her college education. 

“Even my 11th and 12th, I struggled to finish. I was already a very successful model, and I was based in Bengaluru but I had to keep travelling to Delhi and Mumbai for work. I couldn’t keep up. Then I ultimately finished my 12th and I tried to do one year of my degree. I couldn’t do that, I then tried to do distance education, I couldn’t complete that as well so I’m just a 12th pass,” Deepika explained.

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The actress’s parents reacted like any middle-class parents would. “My parents back then had a big issue with that because they always wanted me to only start working after having a basic college degree. The very conservative Indian way of looking at it is that you need to have something to fall back on.”

Prakash and Ujjawala Padukone have since, presumably, made their peace with Deepika’s decision, and given that their daughter is the highest-paid female star in Bollywood, reportedly commanding a fee of Rs 12 crore

All’s well that ends well, we suppose…

Deepika Padukone’s favourite bags


Nothing quite says airport-ready as a statement brown tote, and on that, the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour delivers. Not one to play it safe with classic blacks, Deepika picked out a brown version of the handbag for herself to keep the pastels in her wardrobe company. Get yours here.


You know you’ve arrived when you have a Hèrmes Birkin casually slung on your arm like it’s no big deal. Considering that Deepika’s stardom has been years in the making, her tan Birkin friend dates back to when she and Sid Mallya were a thing.


When in doubt, look to Chanel for answers. Or stuff your problems in them; the Chanel Large Deauville tote bag’s generous proportions have got Deepika covered. From lazy athleisure outings at the airport to biker chic leather ensembles, this dove grey tote is as much a part of her as those enviable dimples. 


From pajamas to jumpsuits, Deepika has found a versatile companion in the Céline Phantom tote in Croc Skin Black. And you thought she needed Ranveer as arm candy. 


We had Deepika pegged as another Chanel fiend too, until she introduced her wardrobe to the striped goodness of Gucci Dionysus. Along with the signature tiger head spur clasp, this Gucci bag brings some colour-blocked fun to the party. If you like what you see, click here to take this baby home.