Bollywood actor-producer Anushka Sharma turns 29 on Monday. From the bubbly, happy-go-lucky-girl to a ghost, Anushka has essayed a variety of roles, showcasing her immense talent in her nine-year-long career.
Born in Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) to Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma and Ashima Sharma, Anushka began her career with modelling and did campaigns for the brands Silk & Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio. In 2007, she made her runway debut at the Lakme Fashion Week for designer Wendell Rodricks’s Les Vamps Show.
Anushka had a dream Bollywood debut with Yash Raj Films’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite romance king Shah Rukh Khan. She has already worked with the three Khans (Aamir Khan’s PK and Salman Khan’s Sultan). Not many know that she also had a brief appearance in Sanjay Dutt’s Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006).
Here’s a look at some of her best roles:
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
SRK played a humble, middle-class man who puts on a loaned persona to impress his wife, Anushka aka Tani. Anushka’s chemistry with Shah Rukh was impressive and got her critical appreciation. Anushka also won the Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Female Debut award for the movie.
Band Baaja Baarat (2010)
Anushka made a huge splash with her bubbly character opposite Ranveer Singh. She won the Hot Pair and Best Female Actor at IIFA for Band Baaja Baarat that also marked Ranveer’s Bollywood debut.
NH 10 (2015)
Anushka Sharma turned producer with Navdeep Singh’s thriller NH10. Anushka received rave reviews for her performance as a strong woman who fights for her own and retaliates, much in the typical Bollywood her style. The film was loosely adapted on the 2007 Manoj-Babli honour killing case.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Karan Johar made a comeback to direction after four years with the film that also starred Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil opened to mixed reviews but scored well at the box office. However, Anushka received rave reviews for her performance. Anushka played Alizeh in the film—a woman who lives for the moment, realises that she is suffering from cancer and then takes certain decisions that affect her relationships.
Anushka’s second production venture, Phillauri, was a take on blind beliefs, superstitious traditions and a lot more. While the film did not leave much of an impact, Anushka’s charm impressed fans and critics alike.
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