Anushka Shetty, the ravishingly stunning and heart-hitting actress of Indian south film industry, claims to fame for her flicks made in Telugu and Tamil languages. She has mainly enacted in both of these films. Born on 7th November 1981 in Mangalore, Anushka’s actual (birth name) is Sweety Shetty. She changed it to Anushka Shetty once she had stepped into the world of showbiz.
Bangalore was a place from where this babe did her schooling and then college. A Yoga enthusiast, Anushka has been a Yoga instructor. She got trained under the famed Yoga trainer Bharat Thakur.
The year was 2005 when this hot kitten got her life’s break by the time she was offered the film, ‘Super’, a Telugu film by Puri Jagannath opposite Akkineni Nagarjuna. Later that year, she fetched another film offer and she did the flick, ‘Mahanandi’. Unfortunately for her, the movie did not do well at the box office.
Following year (2006) was pretty beneficial for Anushka Shetty’s career since she had four releases lined up. The first one to hit the screens was Viktamarkudu, a film by S.S. Rajamouli, in which Shetty essayed the role of Neeraja Goswami. The movie turned out to be mega hit making her the star of worthwhile all at once in the industry. Her name started getting recognized among the film fraternity and in the media. The fan following widened and she became the movie buffs’ hot favorite. Anushka even turned colossally famed in Andhra Pradesh.
Next to come was Astram that was a remake of the popular Bollywood film of Aamir Khan and Sonali Bandre ‘Sarfarosh’. After this venture, Anushka Shetty made her debut in the Tamil film fraternity by doing the film, ‘Rendu’ directed by Subdar C. She acted opposite the south’s famed male actor R. Madhavan (who also works in Bollywood flicks). Same year brought her another assignment of movie in which she appeared as a special guest, the film titled ‘Stalin’ was the directorial debut of today’s much popular director A.R. Murugadoss in Tamil films.
Lakshyam (2007) did pretty well at the box office adding more sparkles to her already flourishing career. Following next in 2007 was ‘Don’, Raghava Lawrence’s project, in which she did the main lead along with Nagarjuna.
Year 2008 was laced with good offers for Anushka since she did six movies in the year. First to adorn the cinemas was ‘Okka Magaadu’ and the rest of the movies include Swagatam (along with the likes of Jagapati and Bhumika Chawla), Baladur (opposite Ravi Teja) and others. Swagatam and Baladur did not impress the critics and the collections were also much weak. But ‘Souryam’ that she did opposite Gopichand turned out to be the mega hit and collected good business at the box office.
The blockbuster hit, ‘Arundhati’ put her into more limelight and in news. The flick was woman centric that gave her the opportunity to doll up the two roles for the very first time in her career. The movie was both a commercial and critical hit. Critics started penning on her big words of praise. From the fans to the film fraternity and the critics – all chewed up praiseworthy words for the actress. This boosted her confidence level to do more in her career. She was at cloud nine.
For this flick, Anushka bagged Nandi Special Jury Award and then Filmfare Best Actress Award. The next flick, ‘Billa’ too fetched her praises. She suddenly became a big name in the industry – a name which everyone could trust to cast in the films or any projects with ease.
Then she earned her second Tamil movie ‘Vettaikkaran’ opposite the famous Tamil hero Vijay. Year 2010 was laced with many flicks for her. Shetty’s Tamil film, ‘Singham’ co-starred Suriya, turned out to be the biggest business-earner of the year.
Anushka Shetty essayed the character of a prostitute in Vedam. The role earned her another Filmfare Award. Then followed the movies Panchakshari, Khaleja, Ragada and Nagavalli.
Vaanam (2011) won her real applauds from the fans and the critics alike. Deiva Thirumagal too won her the accolades and the blockbuster success at the ticketing window. Her name in the Tamil film indusyry began echoing a lot that the prominent filmmakers and the production houses started giving her bigger offers like A.R. Murugadoss latest venture opposite Vijay.
Anushka Shetty made it confirmed that she inked the deal with two Tamil filmmakers for the movies – Irandam Ulagam (with Arya) and an action-packed movie (she hid the name) opposite Karthi. Shetty also became the leading part of a Tamil film, ‘Thaandavam’ that started in November 2011. Anushka is also currently filming for two Telugu movies – Damarukam and Rampachodavaram.
There are a number of other projects in pipeline for this talented bombshell actress of the south film industry, who has turned to be the much-in-demands actress.