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Anushka Sharma
Also known as: Anu, Nushie
Actor • Producer
Born: May 1, 1988 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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Coming from an army family, Anushka Sharma took a U-Turn, when she initially walked the ramp as a model in 2007 and made her silver screen debut in Aditya Chopra`s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008. Since then Anushka has carved a name for herself as an independent actress and a thoughtful producer. Over the years she has acted in movies like Band Baaja Baaraat, PK, Sultan and Jab Harry met Sejal, making her one of the top actresses in India. In 2015, Anushka collaborated with her brother Karnesh Sharma and co-produced NH10, under the banner of her production company, Clean Slate Films. Apart from acting, Sharma also supports a number of causes including `Right to Education` for children, the gender pay gap issue, and animal rights.

PERSONAL LIFE
Anushka Sharma was born on 1st May, 1988, in Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer, and her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a homemaker. Her elder brother, Karnesh Sharma is a film producer. Anushka graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She then moved to Mumbai and enrolled herself at the Elite Model Management. There she met fashion gurus like Prasad Bidapa and Wendell Rodricks, who introduced her to modelling. In 2007, Sharma made her runway debut at the Lakme Fashion Week and was picked by Wendell Rodricks` to be his finale model at the Spring Summer 2007 Collection. Since then Anushka has campaigned for brands like Nivea, Whisper, Manyavar, Fiat Palio, Bru Coffee and Pantene. She is also one of the brand ambassadors for the government`s cleanliness program, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

A couple of years ago there was speculation that Anushka and cricketer Virat Kohli were seeing each other. The rumours weren`t unfounded, as they tied the knot on 11th December, 2017, in a private ceremony held in Italy.

DEBUT & INITIAL YEARS
Anushka Sharma made her Bollywood debut as the free-spirited Taani Sahni in Aditya Chopra`s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). The film was declared a hit. Anushka was nominated for two Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress and Best Female Debut category. In 2010, Anushka`s appeared in Badmaash Company. The movie bombed at the box-office.

BREAKTHROUGH & BEYOND
Although Anushka was already well known in the industry after her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan, she still had to prove her acting mettle. In 2011 Anushka starred opposite the then newcomer, Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baaraat. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, the movie was a hit with the audience. Anushka and Ranveer paired up again in 2011 for the con movie, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. The movie turned out to be another hit in her career. In 2012, she played a supporting role in the Yash Chopra directed Jab Tak Hai Jaan, alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. For this movie, Anushka Sharma went on to win her first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She next appeared in Rajkumar Hirani`s satirical sci-fi comedy, PK (2014). PK grossed 854 crores and is one India`s most successful movies ever.

In 2015, Anushka and her brother, Karnesh Sharma setup the production company Clean Slate Films. The first movie under the banner was the thriller-drama, NH10. Anushka starred opposite Neil Bhoopalam in the movie. Directed by Navdeep Singh, the road movie was a critically acclaimed hit. The same year Anushka and Ranbir Kapoor starred in Anurag Kashyap`s Bombay Velvet. It turned out to be a box office bomb. In Zoya Akhtar`s Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), Anushka appeared as a bar dancer. The movie was a major hit. Her performances in NH10 and Dil Dhadakne Do earned her Filmfare Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

In 2016, Anushka starred in the romantic sports-drama Sultan, opposite Salman Khan. The movie is one of the highest-grossing Indian movie of all time. Next, she was cast alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Karan Johar`s romantic-drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which was also a commercial success. In 2017 Anushka produced her second movie, Phillauri. Directed by Anshai Lal, Anushka also starred in the movie. It barely managed to recover the production cost. Her second release in 2017 was the romantic-drama, Jab Harry Met Sejal, opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film was a moderate success.

RECENT PROJECTS
In 2018 Anushka Sharma will be first seen in the horror-drama, Pari by debutant director Prosit Roy. She`s also serving as a producer on the movie. Then there`s Raju Hirani`s Sanjay Dutt biopic, Dutt, with Ranbir Singh playing the titular character. Anushka also stars with Arjun Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in Navdeep Singh`s, Kaneda. In Sharat Katariya`s Sui Dhaaga: Made in India, Anushka shares screen space with Varun Dhawan. In December Anushka once again stars alongside Shah Rukh Khan in director Aanand L. Rai`s, Zero.
On January 11, 2021 she gave birth to a daughter named Vamika. After a long wait of three years, Anushka Sharma returned to the screen, as an actor and producer, with Chakda `Xpress (2022).
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Ranveer Singh
Actor
Katrina Kaif
Actor
Deepika Padukone
Actor
Family
Virat Kohli
Spouse
Vamika
Daughter
Ashima Sharma
Mother
Ajay Kumar Sharma
Father
Karnesh Sharma
Brother
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Chakda `Xpress
Bulbbul
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Pari
Jab Harry Met Sejal
Phillauri
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Sultan

Did You Know? (22)

  • For Sui Dhaaga, Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma learned the craft of sewing and embroidery, respectively.
  • Tamasha was initially offered to Anushka Sharma, however, she turned it down hence, the role went on to Deepika Padukone
  • In the song Radha of Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) movie, Anushka is seen dancing without wearing any slippers, resulting in blisters all over her toes. Despite the pain, she managed to shoot for the song, which turned out pretty well.
  • For her efforts as a producer to promote content-driven and experimental cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation decided to honor Anushka Sharma for her contribution with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2018.
  • In order to prepare for her challenging role in Zero (2018), Anushka Sharma consulted several health-care professionals from audiologists to occupational therapists.
  • Varun Dhawan rode the cycle for close to 10 hours for a scene in Sui Dhaaga with Anushka Sharma riding pillion.
  • Just two years before her debut, Anushka Sharma's photo appeared on a wall in the Sanjay Dutt-starrer Lage Raho Munnabhai.
  • Before making her dream debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,' Anushka was seen in the cult 'Oh la la' Spinz talcum powder ad, where she was one of the background dancers.
  • Anushka Sharma is seen playing the role of a Gujarati girl in Jab Harry Met Sejal. In order to get the mannerism and accent of a Gujarati right, Anushka had to undergo diction training for more than a month.
  • Anushka Sharma had auditioned for Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, however, it was Kareena Kapoor Khan who went on to play that part.
  • When Anushka Sharma first came to Mumbai after her graduation, she only wanted to focus on her modelling career, however, fate had other plans and she was cast in Yash Raj Films' Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Anushka's favourite food is Cerelac, a brand of baby food. She stocks it in her house like salt and sugar.
  • In 2014, Anushka started pursuing a master's course in economics through correspondence.
  • In 2015, Anushka Sharma took to vegetarianism and has been named the Hottest Vegetarian of 2015 by PETA.
  • As of 2017, Anushka has been nominated seven times at the Filmfare Awards but has only won only once under the Best Supporting Actress category for Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
  • Anushka was the first choice to be a part of the Mahesh Babu-starrer Aagadu, however, the actress turned the offer down and the role went on to Tamannaah Bhatia, and the movie became a commercial success.
  • Although R. Balki wrote the script of Ki & Ka with Kareena Kapoor Khan, he wasn't too sure if she would accept the role. Hence, he approached Anushka Sharma first but when she declined the offer, he went back to his original choice of casting Kareena.
  • Anushka Sharma was the original choice for Karan Johar's 2 States, however, she turned down the role and it went to Alia Bhatt.
  • Before taking up modeling, Anushka enrolled for a journalism course and had it not been for modeling, she would've pursued a career in journalism.
  • Pari marks the first horror movie of Anusha Sharma's acting career.
  • In 2018, Anushka Sharma was featured in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list. She was the only Bollywood star to be featured on the list.
  • Although it was Anushka Sharma who had introduced Rishi Kapoor to Twitter while on the set of Patiala House, it was Abhishek Bachchan who got him active.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "Girls are expected to be good looking, look nice and be interesting enough for guys to fall in love with in a film."
  • "I take pride in saying that I am an army officer`s daughter even more than being an actor."
  • "I don`t think I was a good model. I think I was born to emote and act."
  • "I`m not gonna give anybody the power to control my life."
  • "The way you see me is the way I am."
  • "Things happen for a reason and they happen when they`re suppose to happen."
  • "I`m constantly learning from other people and my own mistakes."
  • "The more I experience ups and downs in life, more and more I begin to value the women around me."
  • "There are two things that give me perfect happiness - doing the perfect shot and traveling."
  • "I`d rather shut myself in a room for six months than act in a bad movie."
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