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Amrita Rao at the promotion of My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves
17 June 1981 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actress and model|
Amrita made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002) which won her the IFFA Face of the Year. She then starred in Ken Ghosh's blockbuster romantic film Ishq Vishk (2003) which earned her a Filmfare nomination in the "Best Female Debut" category. She won the Stardust Searchlight Best Actress Award for Welcome to Sajjanpur in 2009 along with Amitabh Bachchan who won the Best Actor in the same category.
Personal life 
Amrita was born in Mumbai to a Mangalorean Brahmin family in Mumbai. Her father owns an advertising company in Mumbai and also turned author in 2008. She speaks Hindi, English, Marathi, besides her mother tongue, Konkani. She attended the C.G.High School (Prabhadevi) in Mumbai, and later enrolled in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her younger sister, Preetika Rao, is a model and a well known Film Journalist / Columnist.
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 wal ramps for designers, as a celebrity guest.
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.
2007– Present 
Her first part 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. 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 Arshad Warsi.
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. She acted in Hook Yaa Crook, which is awaiting release. She kick started 2013 with Fox Star's Hit Film Jolly LLB  starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani for which she received largely negative reviews. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times wrote "Amrita Rao, playing the girlfriend, stumbles badly in the key scene in which she questions Jolly's motives" . Amrita Rao is currently working on two major big-budget films Singh Saab - The Great opposite Sunny Deol and director Anil Sharma of Gaddar fame, and Prakash Jha's Satyagrah both movies scheduled to be released in 2013.
Awards and nominations 
Filmfare Awards 
- 2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for Ishq Vishk
- 2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Main Hoon Na
Star Screen Awards 
- 2003: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ab Ke Baras
- 2004: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ishq Vishk
- 2007: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Vivah
- 2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor for Vivah
Zee Cine Awards 
International Indian Film Academy Awards 
- 2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk
Stardust Awards 
- 2004: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female for Ishq Vishk
- 2009: Stardust Searchlight Best Actress Award for Welcome to Sajjanpur
Other awards won 
- 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
|2002||Ab Ke Baras||Anjali Thapar/Nandini|
|The Legend of Bhagat Singh||Mannewali|
|2003||Ishq Vishk||Payal Mehra||Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award|
|Main Hoon Na||Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2005||Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!||Priya|
|2007||Heyy Babyy||Special appearance in song "Heyy Babyy"|
|2008||My Name is Anthony Gonsalves||Riya|
|Shaurya||Neerja Rathode||Special appearance|
|Welcome to Sajjanpur||Kamla||Winner, Stardust Best Actress Award|
|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||Singh Saab The Great||Journalist|
|2013||Hungame pe Hungama||Simran|
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