Anushka Sharma was signed by Aditya Chopra for a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films and made her screen debut in Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). She later received acclaim for her role as Shruti Kakkar in Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). Both films fetched her a Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards ceremony.
She began her modeling career at the Lakme Fashion Week as a model for Wendell Rodricks's Les Vamps Show and was picked to be Rodricks's finale model at the Spring Summer '07 Collection. Since then she has done campaigns for Silk & Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio.
Her first acting role was in Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) opposite Shahrukh Khan. Her performance was appreciated with film critic Taran Adarsh stating, "Anushka looks the character and surprises you with a confident performance. It's no small achievement to share screen space with an actor of the caliber of SRK and Anushka manages it very well from start to end." The film received positive reviews and was declared a blockbuster, and had been concluded as the second-highest grossing film of all-time to that point by the end of the year.Her second film, Badmaash Company, also under Yash Raj Films, was released on May 7, 2010. While Taran Adarsh added, "Anushka is a revelation. She looks stunning, her performance is livewire and the chemistry with Shahid is electrifying."
Sharma's first venture outside the Yash Raj banner was Patiala House directed by Nikhil Advani and co-starring Akshay Kumar. Patiala House was released on February 11, 2011. Despite the film's lukewarm performance at the box office, Sharma received positive reviews. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times Of India wrote, "Anushka Sharma’s vivacity may have an after taste of her bubbling Band Baaja Baraat act but her passage from Janakpuri’s dhinchak girl to Southall’s siren is sweet and smooth. Watch out for the girl; she’s truly on a roll."
In 2012, Anushka Sharma is featuring in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, along with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. This would be her second film with Shah Rukh Khan, opposite whom she made her Bollywood debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Born on: 1 May 1988
Sun sign: Taurus
School/college: Army School, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
First film: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Family: Anushka Sharma's father, Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma , is an army officer and her mother Ashima Sharma is a housewife.Her father is from Uttar Pradesh and mother from Garhwal. She has an elder brother named Karnesh, who was a state-level cricketer and now, is in the Merchant Navy.
Personal life: Anushka Sharma has been linked to her co-star Ranveer Singh. The actress is not dating anyone currently.
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi - Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2010 Badmaash Company
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat - Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2011 Patiala House
2011 Ladies VS Ricky Bahl
2012 Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Releasing on November 13, 2012
2013 Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - Releasing on January 11, 2013
2013 Bombay Velvet - Pre-production
2013 Rajkumar Hirani's Peekay - Pre-production (Releasing on December 25, 2013)
LIST OF AWARDS
2009: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
2011: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Band Baaja Baaraat
2008: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
2011: Star Screen Award for Best Actress; Band Baaja Baaraat
2011: IIFA Award for Best Actress; Band Baaja Baaraat
2009: Best Debut (Female); Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
2011: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Band Baaja Baaraat
2011: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female; Band Baaja Baaraat
2012: Zee Cine Awards, International Icon Female
2011 - GQ Men of the Year Awards: Excellence Award
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