Amrita Rao

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Amrita Rao
Amrita Rao at the First look launch of 'Singh Sahab The Great'.jpg
Amrita Rao at the First look launch of 'Singh Sahab The Great', 2013
Born Amrita Rao
(1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 33)
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Indian
Education Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology
Occupation Actress, Model
Relatives Preetika Rao (Sister)

Amrita Rao (born 17 June 1981)[1][2][3] is an Indian actress and model.

Making her acting debut in 2002 with Ab Ke Baras She is best known for her performances in Ishq Vishk (2003), Masti and Main Hoon Na (both 2004), blockbuster romance Vivah (2006), Jolly LLB and Satyagraha (both 2013) and also won the Stardust Best Actress Award for Shyam Benegal's Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008).

She has won and been nominated for several awards including two nominations of Filmfare in Best Debut and Best Supporting Actress categories. Painter M.F. Hussain's proclaimed muse[4] and the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award[5] for Best Actress in Vivah.

Amrita Rao is popular as Bollywood's quintessential "Girl next door".[6] She was ranked among the Times Of India's 50 most beautiful faces in 2011.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Amrita belongs to Konkani family originally from Karnataka, but raised in Mumbai, India.[8] Her father owns an advertising agency in Mumbai. She studied in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her younger sister, Preetika Rao, is a model and an Indian TV Actress currently seen in Beintehaa, which airs on Colors TV.



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.


Rao with Indian boxer Vijender Singh in 2009


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.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11] She acted in Hook Yaa Crook, which is awaiting release. She kick started 2013 with Fox Star's Hit Film Jolly LLB[12][13] 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]


Star Screen Awards[edit]


Zee Cine Awards[edit]


International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]

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

Stardust Awards[edit]


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


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[16]
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[13][17] Sandhya
Singh Sahab the Great[12] Shikha Chaturvedi[18]
Satyagraha[19][20] Sumitra


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  2. ^ "Amrita Rao spends a quiet birthday - Entertainment - DNA". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Amrita Rao spends a quiet birthday | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". 19 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  4. ^ "M.F, Hussain and His Muses - Entertainment - Outlook India". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Amrita Rao coveted with the Prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award". Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Amrita Rao: 'I love being called a girl next door'". Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Times 50 Most Desirable Women". Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  8. ^ "My Roots". 4 March 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  9. ^ "Top 5: 'Baabul' shaky; 'D2' and 'Vivah' big hits!". Vivah: Box Office. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Amrita Rao in Athithi". Archived from the original on 25 December 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2006. 
  11. ^ "Rajshree Productions". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Hiren Kotwani, TNN 1 Oct 2012, 12.00AM IST (1 October 2012). "Yukta’s B-Town networking – Times Of India". Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  13. ^ a b "Arshad calls Jolly LLB 'wonderful' experience". Hindustan Times. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  14. ^ "Rang De, Omkara sweep Screen nominations". Hero Honda Star Screen Awards Nomination List. Retrieved 24 December 2006. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ IndiaFM Article
  17. ^ "Amrita Rao: JOLLY LLB is brilliant! – bollywood news". 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  18. ^ Hiren Kotwani (8 October 2012). "Amrita pairs with Sunny Deol in next". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "BH Exclusive: Amrita Rao Talks About 'Satyagraha' | Bollywood Videos". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 

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