There are only few female actors who have made it big in a short time right from the time they made their debut in the Bollywood film industry. Anushka Sharma is one of them who made it big with her debut film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. A former model, Anushka has already earned two nominations for the category of Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.
Nick Name- Anu, Nushie
Date of Birth- 1 May, 1988
Place of Birth- Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Hair Color- Dark Brown
Eye Color- Hazel
Zodiac Sign- Taurus
Profession- Actress, Model
Major Genres- Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime
Debut Film- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Education- Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
Favorite dishes- Homemade momos made by her mother, seafood and butter chicken
Favorite cuisine- Indian, Chinese and Thai
Favorite Restaurants- Samarpan and Café Piccolo in Bangalore and Royal China in Mumbai
Favorite beverage- Coconut water
Eating habit- Eats healthy
Family Members- Father, Mother and Brother
Favorite Color- Black
Her Hobbies- Dancing, Reading, Listening to music
Favorite Movies- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Favorite Director/Directors- Vishal Bharadwaj
Favorite Actor/Actors- Shah Rukh Khan
Favorite Actress/Actresses- Rani Mukherji
Turn on in others- Simplicity
Turn off in others- Dishonesty
Known languages- Hindi, English, Kannada
Her Strength- Is her girl next door appeal. People say that they feel connected to her characters.
Her biggest splurge till date- Buying a Range Rover in 2011
Her reality check- Is her family and her wonderful friends.
Claim to fame- As Taani in the film “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”
Brands endorsed- Silk & Shine, Whisper, Gitanjali Jewelry, Fiat Palio, Joy Skin Fruits Face Wash
Positive things about her- She has a great personality, good looks, a super figure and confidence
- 2009: Best Debut (Female) for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- 2011: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2011: IIFA Award for Best Actress for Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2011: GQ Men of the Year Awards Excellence Award
Anushka Sharma is born to Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma, an officer in the Indian Army and Ashima Sharma, a home maker. Although her parents are from Garhwal, Uttarakhand, Anushka was born in Bangalore. She also has an elder brother named Karnesh. Karnesh used to play cricket at state level and is in the Merchant Navy. Anushka studies in the Army School and graduated in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru. Later she shifted to Mumbai in order to pursue her career as a model and make it big in the world of fashion.
Initially Anushka thought of making it big in the fashion industry as a model. She had no dreams of acting in films then. She even said once, “I can’t see myself doing anything else”. Fortunately she was chosen to be Wendell Rodrick’s model at the Lakme Fashion Week for his Les Vamps Show. Later she was picked to be Rodrick’s finale model at the Spring Summer 2007 Collection.
Anushka Sharma enrolled with the Elite Modeling Agency. Yash Chopra was looking for someone to essay the role of a small town Punjab girl. Elite Modeling Agency sent Anushka’s portfolio to Yash Raj Studio and in 2008, she got her dream debut in Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi where she portrayed the role of Taani. It was a dream debut in all regards. Firstly, she got paired with Shah Rukh Khan who is one of the leading actors of Bollywood in her very first movie and secondly, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi became a box office success. The songs were popular and her role stood apart even opposite SRK.
Other mainstream movies
Although Anushka Sharma became a household name soon after the popularity of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, other directors, film makers and producers could not rope her in their films to invest on her new found success. This was because of the fact that she was bound by a three film contract with Yash Raj Films. That is why the year 2009 did not see her taking part in any films.
Anushka’s second film, Badmaash Company made under the banner of Yash Raj Films was released on 7 May, 2010. The cast also included Shahid Kapoor, Meiyang Chang and Vir Das in the other roles. The film was an average grosser at the Bollywood box office. The film got mixed bag of reviews from the film critics.
In the year 2010 itself, Anushka Sharma completed her part of the three film contract with the Yash Raj Films by starring in Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy. This film was released on 10 December, 2010 and also marked the debut of newcomer Ranveer Singh as actor and Maneesh Sharma as the director. The story of this film revolved around the business of wedding planning.
Anushka Sharma played the role of Shruti Kakkar, a typical Delhi Punjabi girl who has the dreams of setting up her own wedding planning company. Anushka herself commented that Band Baaja Baaraat was her best film till date. Band Baaja Baaraat went on to become a sleeper hit. The film grossed INR 21.44 crore. This was the first time in her three films acting career that a film’s success rested entirely on the shoulders of Anushka Sharma (who was just two films old than her co star, the debutant Ranveer Singh).
Anushka went on to win several awards for her acting in Band Baaja Baaraat. The only time she won so many awards was after the success of her first film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Ending her three film contract with the Yash Raj Studios, Anushka started filming for her fourth film titled Patiala House alongside Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kuamr. This was her first venture outside the Yash Raj camp. Patiala House released on 11 February, 2011. The film was an average grosser at the box office but Anushka’s performance was critically acclaimed once again.
In December 2011 she was back with her Ban Baaja Baaraat team for her fourth film with the Yash Raj Films. The film titled Ladies VS Ricky Bahl featured Ranveer Singh as her co actor and was directed by Maneesh Sharma. This film however did not do too well at the Bollywood box office. As of 2012, Anushka is set to appear in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola which is in the pre production stage and is busy shooting her fifth film under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The name of this film is yet to be decided.
|Year||Film||Role||Awards and Nominations||Notes|
|2008||Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||Tani Sahni||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
Nominated- Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.
Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards-Best Debut (Female)
|2010||Badmaash Company||Bulbul Singh|
|Band Baaja Baaraat||Shruti Kakkar||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
Nominated- Star Screen Award for Best Actress
IIFA Award for Best Actress.
Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards- Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated- Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female; Band Baaja Baaraat
|Ladies VS Ricky Bahl||Ishika Desai|
|2012||Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Bijlee||Yet to be released.|
|Yash Chopra’s Untitled project||Yet to be released.|