Born (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 24)
Occupation Model, Actress
Years active 2008–present
Anushka Sharma born on 1 May 1988 is a Bollywood actress and former model. In 2008, she 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. 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.
Early life and background:
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. She studied in Army School and graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She later moved to Mumbai to further pursue her modelling career, where she currently resides.
Career: Debut and Breakthrough:
Anushka says she originally wished to make it big in the modelling world but had no strong aspirations for films. She began her modelling 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
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi:
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 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 calibre of SRK and Anushka manages it very well from start to end." The film received positive reviews and was declared a blockbuster.
Her second film, Badmaash Company, also under Yash Raj Films, was released on May 7, 2010 where her electrifying chemistry with Shahid was much appreciated Anushka looked stunning in the film, her performance was livewire.
Band Baaja Baaraat:
In Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-starring debutant Ranveer Singh she played a middle-class Delhi-Punjabi girl who goes on to launch her own independent business of wedding planning and later falls for her partner. In preparation for the part, Sharma was required to master the dialect of a young Punjabi woman from Delhi. Some pundits, however, had expressed doubts about the film's prospects to leave a mark, citing the fact that the film rested totally on Anushka’s delicate shoulders. Band Baaja Baaraat was released and became a hit. Anushka received her second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and earned several awards and nominations at different award ceremonies. It has often been said that the film has acted as a major career move for the actress, as it brought her much recognition.
First venture outside the Yash Raj banner
Anushka first film outside YRF was Patiala House directed by Nikhil Advani and co-starring Akshay Kumar. Despite the film's lukewarm performance at the box office, Sharma received positive reviews; her passage from Janakpuri’s dhinchak girl to Southall’s siren was much appreciated by the audience and critics alike. In December 2011, she re-united with her Band Baaja Baarat team of Ranveer Singh and Maneesh Sharma for Yashraj Films's Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. Despite negative media perception, the film was a success at the box office.
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. The film is already creating waves at the box- office, despite SRK- Katrina Jodi making much news in the tabloids Anushka surely leaves her mark in the film.
She has signed for Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet opposite Ranbir Kapoor and movie scheduled to go on floors in April 2013. Meanwhile, Anushka has completed shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, opposite Imran Khan. Trailer of the film was recently released and became a range with the movie lovers.
2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Tani Sahni Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2010 Badmaash Company Bulbul Singh
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat Shruti Kakkar Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2011 Patiala House Simran
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Ishika Desai
2012 Jab Tak Hai Jaan Akira Rai
2013 Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Bijlee Releasing on January 11, 2013
2013 Bombay Velvet Pre-production
2013 Peekay Pre-production