An avid fitness enthusiast, this actress started her career as a yoga instructor. Little did she know that fate had other plans for her. It was while teaching yoga that got several acting offers. Once she took them up, there has been no stopping her. The actress we’re talking about is Anushka Shetty; a Mangalorean beauty who is charming the South film industry for a decade. Ever since her first film, Super (2005), she has been paired opposite popular actors of the industry. It is said that her professionalism and hard-work is what made her a bankable star today. Here are four reasons why Anushka seems so versatile as an actress:
A Powerhouse Performer
Women-oriented roles didn’t come easily to Anushka. However, unlike other actresses, she wasn’t cast in roles that needed her to essay run-of-the-mill roles either. This is probably why the actress got meaty roles in most of her films. From the menacing Maya in Billa, to her brief yet striking performance as Maharani Devasena in Baahubali: The Beginning, she sure has come a long way.
It’s not everyday that actresses get scripts written solely for them. But, Anushka certainly does. In a time when solo heroes and masala commercial entertainers ruled, she appeared in the horror-drama, Arundhati. The actress is much more than just about good looks as her role of an obese woman in her Tamil-Telugu bilingual Size Zero/Inji Idhuppazhagi showed us. Anushka had to gain 100 kgs for her role. Beat that!
Her Stunning Looks
Her tall stature, beautiful face and toned physique makes her the top choice for period films. Be it Arundhati, Irandam Ulagam or Baahubali: The Beginning, she looks very convincing to her audience; thanks to her looks coupled with her performance. Dressed in heavy gold jewellery, embossed attire, she looked nothing less than stunning as Queen Rudhramadevi.
Packing a Punch
Believe it or not, Anushka performers her own stunts in films. The actress does intense physical training, and goes on a special diet to stay fit. She even learnt sword fighting and horse riding for her roles in Baahubali: The Beginning and Rudhramadevi. Don’t believe us? Watch this video of her training session with her Baahubali co-stars, here: