Amrita Rao

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Amrita Rao
Amrita Rao still3.jpg
Amrita Rao in 2008.
Born Amrita Deepak Rao
(1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 33)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ethnicity Indian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2002–present
Relatives Preetika Rao (Sister)

Amrita Rao (pronounced [əmriːt̪a ːraːʋ]; born 17 June 1981),[1] also known by the mononym Amrita, is an Indian film actress and model. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood as well as a few films in Telugu. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, from the University of Mumbai, Amrita made her screen debut in Ab Ke Baras (2002), but she rose to prominence as the lead actress in Ishq Vishk (2003) and nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her role. One of her most critically acclaimed roles was in blockbuster romance Vivah (2006), for which she won Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards.

Roles in Main Hoon Na (2004) and Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) earned Amrita Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination and won a Stardust Best Actress Award respectively. Her subsequent films included Masti (2004), Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, (2005) Jolly LLB (2013), Singh Sahab the Great (2013) and Satyagraha (2013). Amrita gave special appearance in films like Heyy Babyy (2007), Shaurya (2008), Life Partner (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2010). She has been cited as the Bollywood's quintessential "Girl next door", by various media outlets, a title for which she has received substantial publicity. Amrita is the youngest and the only Bollywood actress of her generation to receive the Prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award. Amrita has been named one of Times Of India's "50 Most Beautiful Faces" in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Amrita was born in Mumbai. Her father, Deepak Rao owns an advertising agency. Amrita's ancestors were Saraswat Brahmin (a Konkani family originally from Karnataka). She has a younger sister Preetika Rao, model and a Southern film actress. Amrita was raised in Mumbai and did her schooling from Canossa Convent Girls School. She graduated from Sophia College to pursue Psychology degree. Amrita described her family as being a "very conservative family – a traditional, Hindu, Indian family" and herself as very liberal. Her mother tongue was Konkani. Apart from Konkani she is also well versed in Marathi, English and Hindi.

Acting career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Rao walking the ramp for Archana Kochar at Lakme Fashion Week 2012– Day 5

While studying in Sophia College, Amrita auditioned for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream. She filmed many commercials and did numerous photo shoots. Her appearance in Cadbury’s Perk Karwa Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. She also appeared in numerous music videos by artists such as Alisha Chinoy.

Even after becoming a well-known actress in Bollywood, she continues do model and walk ramps for designers, as a celebrity guest.

Acting[edit]

Rao with Indian boxer Vijender Singh in 2009

2002–2006[edit]

Amrita made her acting debut in Ab Ke Baras (2002) alongside Arya Babbar. She went on to star with Shahid Kapoor in his debut film, Ishq Vishk (2003) and became an overnight star after the success that film for her portrayal of Payal. She followed this up in 2004 with Masti, Main Hoon Na with Shahrukh Khan and Zayed Khan, and Deewaar. The year 2005 saw her performing as Priya in Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! and Madhvi in Shikhar. In 2006, she starred in Pyare Mohan alongside Vivek Oberoi, and Sooraj R. Barjatya's blockbuster Vivah opposite Shahid Kapoor.[2]

2007–present[edit]

Her first role in 2007 was a special appearance for the song "Heyy Babyy" in the eponymous film, Heyy Babyy. She then made her debut in the Telugu film industry with Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu.[3] Amrita's movies in 2008 include My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves with Nikhil Dwivedi and Welcome to Sajjanpur with Shreyas Talpade. The following year, she portrayed Nandini in Victory and Mansi in Shortkut opposite Akshay Khanna.

Amrita was signed for ABCL Corp's The Legend of Kunal and for a Tip's Film with Neil Nitin Mukesh to be directed by Ken Ghosh, but both the movies did not take-off and her only release in 2011 was Rajshree Production's Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!, produced by Sooraj Barjatia in which she played Ritu, the main role, alongside Tusshar Kapoor.[4] She acted in Hook Yaa Crook, which is awaiting release. She kick started 2013 with Fox Star's Hit Film Jolly LLB[5][6] starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. Amrita Rao's most recent films included Anil Sharma's Singh Sahab the Great opposite Sunny Deol, and Prakash Jha's Satyagraha.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Nominated

Star Screen Awards[edit]

Nominated

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

Nominated

International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]

Winner
  • 2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk

Stardust Awards[edit]

Winner

Other awards won[edit]

  • 2004: Sansui Awards – Best Debut – Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2007: GR8 Women Awards – Young Achiever
  • 2007: Anandalok Puroshkar Awards – Most Promising New Talent for Vivah
  • 2007: Sports World Awards – Jodi of the Year along with Shahid Kapoor for Vivah
  • 2007: Dada Saheb Academy Awards
  • 2012: Kalakaar award for Best Actress Category (Bollywood) for Love You Mr. Kalakaar in Kolkata

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ab Ke Baras Anjali Thapar/Nandini
The Legend of Bhagat Singh Mannewali
2003 Ishq Vishk Payal Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2004 Masti Aanchal Mehta
Main Hoon Na Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Deewaar Radhika
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Priya
Shikhar Madhvi
2006 Pyare Mohan Piya
Vivah Poonam..
2007 Heyy Babyy Special appearance in song "Heyy Babyy"
Athidhi Amrita Telugu film
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Riya
Shaurya Neerja Rathode Special appearance[9]
Welcome to Sajjanpur Kamla Winner, Stardust Best Actress Award
2009 Victory Nandini
Short Kut: The Con is On Mansi
Life Partner Anjali Kumar Special appearance
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Tara's sister Special appearance
2011 Love U...Mr. Kalakaar! Ritu
2013 Jolly LLB[6][10] Sandhya
Singh Sahab the Great[5] Shikha Chaturvedi[11]
Satyagraha[12][13] Sumitra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amrita Rao- Biography". DNA (Deepak Rathi). Dainik Bhaskar. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Top 5: 'Baabul' shaky; 'D2' and 'Vivah' big hits!". Vivah: Box Office. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Amrita Rao in Athithi". Archived from the original on 25 December 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "Rajshree Productions". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Hiren Kotwani, TNN 1 Oct 2012, 12.00AM IST (1 October 2012). "Yukta’s B-Town networking – Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Arshad calls Jolly LLB 'wonderful' experience". Hindustan Times. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Rang De, Omkara sweep Screen nominations". Hero Honda Star Screen Awards Nomination List. Retrieved 24 December 2006. 
  8. ^ "Hero Honda Star Jodi No. 1". Hero Honda Star Jodi No.1 Nomination List. Archived from the original on 5 January 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2006. 
  9. ^ IndiaFM Article
  10. ^ "Amrita Rao: JOLLY LLB is brilliant! – bollywood news". glamsham.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  11. ^ Hiren Kotwani (8 October 2012). "Amrita pairs with Sunny Deol in next". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  12. ^ TNN 21 Feb 2013, 12.00AM IST (21 February 2013). "Amitabh Bachchan’s second bahu awaits him in Bhopal". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  13. ^ "BH Exclusive: Amrita Rao Talks About 'Satyagraha' | Bollywood Videos". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 

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