Actor & producer Anushka Sharma defines independence & natural born talent. For a girl with no film lineage, Anushka took just 3 films to cement her position as a leading lady to reckon with. Not one to rest on her laurels, which include working with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan & Aamir Khan in significant roles, Anushka turned co-producer for the gripping, unconventional ‘NH 10’. Like her films, her story is fascinating to say the least.
This year, she zooms ahead of her contemporaries with the year’s biggest film SULTAN, where she plays a wrestler opposite Salman Khan. She also takes her production banner Clean Slate films ahead with the unique Punjab based film PHILLAURI.
Born in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh in 1988, Anushka’s father is a retired army officer. Discipline & focus, and a love for sport mark her early years. She went to college at Mount Carmel, Bangalore. Starting off as a model, Anushka made her debut in 2008 in RAB NE BANA DE JODI, an untypical love story with Shah Rukh Khan. While the film succeeded at the box office, Anushka’s confident & natural performance impressed critics & fans alike. She followed up with an earthy, winsome role in BAND BAAJA BARAAT in 2010. In both these films, Anushka established herself as a star who can also act brilliantly.
Having worked with veteran filmmakers like Vishal Bharadwaj & Anurag Kashyap, Anushka once again won over audiences with a spunky, self-assured performance in India’s biggest hit ever, PK. Even though BOMBAY VELVET got mixed reactions & a negative run at theaters, Anushka’s turn as jazz singer Rosie Noronha in this period drama was praised. In 2016, she further demonstrates her range as a stellar actor with two completely varied roles - that of a female wrestler in SULTAN, and again, of a young, urbane girl in the much anticipated AE DILHAINMUSHKIL with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor.
In 8 years’ time, her biggest achievement lies in her dream of being part of unforgettable, good cinema on her own merit. She puts her money where her mouth is. She co-produced NH 10 and played the lead role of an independent, working woman who faces up to unforeseen, violent circumstances with grit & force with penchant. This box office success that went on to win her rave reviews, Anushka’s faith in a good script above all else stands vindicated. She has backed a second, quality, entertaining story with PHILLAURI, which features interesting actors like Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh and Sooraj Sharma.
Her personal choices & professional impact can be gauged in the fact that she endorses quite a few prestigious Indian brands, including Pantene Hair Care, 7UP Nimbooz Masala Soda from Pepsico & the globally renowned Nivea cosmetics. Her association with brands continues beyond annual contracts as she has become integral to their market value.
An animal lover, she supports worthy causes like animal welfare & women’s empowerment vociferously. She is outspoken, honest & rarely seeks the limelight beyond what is strictly necessary.
Not one to fall to temptations of quick publicity & hyperbole, Anushka Sharma remains a genuine success story of a woman who has made it on her own. She also embodies the independent, confident & committed 21st Indian woman. Above all else, she reassures us that if you’ve got talent & are willing to work hard, nothing can stop you from living your dream!
Films as an Actor: RAB NE BANA DI JODI (2008), BADMAASH COMPANY (2010), BAND BAAJA BAARAAT (2010), PATIALA HOUSE (2011), LADIES VS RICKY BAHL (2011), JAB TAK HAI JAAN (2012), MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA (2013), PK (2014), NH 10 (2015), BOMBAY VELVET (2015), DIL DHADAKNE DO (2015), SULTAN (2016), AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL (2016), PHILLAURI (2017).