Anushka Sharma in 2011
|Born||1 May 1988|
Anushka Sharma (pronounced [əˈnʊʂkaː ˈʃərmaː]; born 1 May 1988) is an Indian actress and former model who appears in Hindi films. In 2008, she was signed by Aditya Chopra for a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films and made her acting debut in Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. She received critical appreciation for portraying a vivacious wedding planner in the romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). Both films fetched her a Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards ceremony. She later won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yash Chopra's romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
Early life and background
Sharma's father, Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer and her mother Ashima Sharma is a housewife. Her father is from Uttar Pradesh and mother from Garhwal division of Uttarakhand. She has an elder brother named Karnesh, who is in the Merchant Navy. She studied in Army School and graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She later moved to Mumbai to further pursue her modelling career, where she currently resides.
2008–10: Debut and breakthrough
Sharma says she originally wished to make it big in the modeling world but had no strong aspirations for films. She began her modeling career at the Lakme Fashion Week as a model for Wendell Rodricks's Les Vamps Show and was picked to be Rodricks's finale model at the Spring Summer '07 Collection. Since then she has done campaigns for Silk & Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio.
Her first acting role was in Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) opposite Shahrukh Khan. Her performance was appreciated with film critic Taran Adarsh stating, "Anushka looks the character and surprises you with a confident performance. It's no small achievement to share screen space with an actor of the caliber of SRK and Anushka manages it very well from start to end." The film received positive reviews and was declared a blockbuster, and had been concluded as the second-highest grossing film of all-time to that point by the end of the year.
Her second film, Badmaash Company, also under Yash Raj Films, was released on May 7, 2010. While Adarsh added, "Anushka is a revelation. She looks stunning, her performance is livewire and the chemistry with Shahid is electrifying."
In 2010, Sharma completed her three-film contract with Yash Raj Films, starring in Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-starring debutant Ranveer Singh. She played a middle-class Delhi-Punjabi girl who goes on to launch her own independent business of wedding planning and later falls for her partner. In preparation for the part, Sharma was required to master the dialect of a young Punjabi woman from Delhi. She cited it as the toughest part of her role, describing the way the lead characters in the film interact as "crude but cute", and calling for her to "talk fast, sometimes mix words and even omit words completely". Prior to its release, she referred to it as her "best film till date". Some pundits, however, had expressed doubts about the film's prospects to leave a mark, citing the middling response to Yash Raj Films' last few productions, the lack of a male star, and claiming that by then Sharma was an "almost-forgotten" actress.
Band Baaja Baaraat was released on December 10, 2010 to positive reviews and went on to become a sleeper hit. Box Office India website reported that the film grossed approximately 21.44 crore after five weeks, making it a moderate box office success. Sharma's performance was praised by critics, many of whom called it her best work up to that point. Taran Adarsh described her as "truly wonderful," noting that it is "the first time in her 3-film career, a film rests mainly on Anushka's shoulders, and she handles the responsibility so well." For her work in the film, Sharma received her second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and earned several awards and nominations at different award ceremonies. It has often been noted that the film has acted as a major career move for the actress, as it brought her much recognition.
2011–present: Recent work
Sharma's first venture outside the Yash Raj banner was Patiala House directed by Nikhil Advani and co-starring Akshay Kumar. Patiala House was released on February 11, 2011. Despite the film's lukewarm performance at the box office, Sharma received positive reviews. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times Of India wrote, "Anushka Sharma’s vivacity may have an after taste of her bubbling Band Baaja Baraat act but her passage from Janakpuri’s dhinchak girl to Southall’s siren is sweet and smooth. Watch out for the girl; she’s truly on a roll."
In December 2011, she re-united with her Band Baaja Baarat team of Ranveer Singh and Maneesh Sharma for Yashraj Films's Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. Despite negative media perception, the film was a moderate success at the box office.
In 2012, Sharma appeared in Yash Chopra's swan song, the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Whilst the film was commercially successful and earned a mostly positive reception from critics, her portrayal of the ambitious Discovery Chanel reporter Akira Rai, fetched her positive reviews from critics, with Adarsh noting: "She's an integral part of this story and it must be said that she walks away with some of the best scenes and lines in the movie. Her performance is full of grit."  This would be her second film with Shah Rukh Khan, opposite whom she made her Bollywood debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and her fifth collaboration with the production house, Yash Raj Films. Additionally, for her role, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Sharma was last seen in Vishal Bharadwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, a political satire set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana. Co-starring alongside Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Shabana Azmi, Sharma played the role of Bijlee Mandola, a strong headed, girl who is also a spoilt brat. Despite the hype, the film generated mixed reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office, eventually becoming a flop. Whilst many critics noted that Sharma was being stereotyped as the loud, bubbly girl, Sharma's performance attracted mixed reviews from critics, much like the film. Some critics were appreciative of her performance, like Raja Sen, who noted that "Anushka [...] is great in a couple of scenes near the climax." On the other hand, critics such as Kanika Sikka gave her an unfavourable review, Sikka having the opinion that "[although] Anushka adds the much-needed glamour [...] her performance is unconvincing."
Sharma is currently shooting for Rajkumar Hirani's next, the political satire P.K. opposite Aamir Khan. She is also scheduled to appear in Anurag Kashyap's periodic love story Bombay Velvet, in which she is cast alongside Ranbir Kapoor.
|2008||Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||Tani Sahni||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
|2010||Badmaash Company||Bulbul Singh|
|2010||Band Baaja Baaraat||Shruti Kakkar||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|2011||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Ishika Desai|
|2012||Jab Tak Hai Jaan||Akira Rai||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2013||Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Bijlee Mandola|
Awards and nominations
- 2012: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress; Jab Tak Hai Jaan
- 2009: Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- 2009: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- 2011: Filmfare Best Actress Award; Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2012: Best Comedy/Romance Actress; Ladies vs Ricky Bahl
- 2013: Best Comedy/Romance Actress; Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Star Screen Awards
- 2008: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- 2011: Star Screen Award for Best Actress; Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2013: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress; Jab Tak Hai Jaan
- 2011: IIFA Award for Best Actress; Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2011: IIFA Hottest Pair on Screen Band Baaja Baaraat shared with Ranveer Singh
Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards
- 2009: Best Debut (Female); Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- 2011: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Band Baaja Baaraat
Zee Cine Awards
- 2013: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female; Jab Tak Hai Jaan
- 2011: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Female; Band Baaja Baaraat
- 2012: Zee Cine Awards, International Icon Female
Lions Gold Awards
- 2011: Lions Favorite Jodi shared with Ranveer Singh – Band Baaja Baaraat
Other Awards and Recognitions
- 2011 – GQ Men of the Year Awards: Excellence Award
- 2012 – Hello! Hall of Fame Awards: Face of the Year 
- 2013 – Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards 2012 – Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 
- 2013 – Koimoi 2012 Audience – Best Supporting Actress 2012 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 
- 2013 - HiFlyers Online Poll Awards - Popular Actress of 2012 - 
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