Padukone made her acting debut with the 2006 Kannada
film Aishwarya.The following year,
she played the lead female role in the reincarnation melodrama Om Shanti
Om; the film proved a major commercial success and earned her the Filmfare
Award for Best Female Debut. She was later noted for portraying modern,
independent women in several commercially successful films, including the 2009
romantic drama Love Aaj
At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards, for Indian models and designers, she was awarded the title of Model of the Year. Shortly after wards, she was chosen as one of the models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006, thus cementing her reputation as a supermodel. She also bagged two trophies at the Idea Zee F Awards in 2006 - female Model of the year (Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the year.