Amrita Puri at '8th Annual Gemfields Rio Tinto Retail Jeweller India Awards 2012' meet
|Spouse(s)||Imrun Sethi (m.2017)|
Amrita Puri (born 20 August 1983) is an Indian film actress.
After auditioning for a few films, Puri made her film debut with a supporting role in the romantic comedy Aisha (2010), which earned her Filmfare nominations for Best Female Debut and Best Supporting Actress. She had her first commercial success three years later with the male buddy film Kai Po Che! (2013).
After completing her post-graduation, Puri started her career through writing and doing theatre, with her first play being Quasar Thakore Padamsee's English play Retellings View From The Stage. For a year she did copywriting for advertising agency Ogilvy along with freelancing for lifestyle magazine. After getting her portfolio done by Dilip Bhatia, she started auditioning for movies and ad films. Soon she did her first ad for Kotex and later featured in ads and TV commercials for several brands, including People First, Garnier and L'Oreal.
Bollywood debut and other roles (2010—13)
After few auditions for many films, Puri made her Bollywood film debut with Rajshree Ojha's directed Aisha (2010). The romantic comedy, co-starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol, saw Puri portray the supporting character of Shefali Thakur, the friend of the titular lead Aisha (played by Kapoor). The film, as well as her performance, received mostly positive reviews, but with worldwide earnings of ₹28.65 crore (US$4.1 million) on a budget of ₹19 crore (US$2.7 million), the film proved to be a critical and commercial failure but earned Puri two nominations at the annual (55th) Filmfare Awards—Best Debut (Female) and Best Supporting Actor (Female).
After the failure of her first Bollywood film, Puri appeared opposite Kunal Khemu in Vishal Mahadkar's directorial debut—the crime thriller Blood Money (2012)—in which she portrayed the wife of Khemu's character. The film received mixed response from critics who watched it, and had a worldwide gross of ₹120 million (US$1.7 million) on a budget of ₹90 million (US$1.3 million), thus becoming an "average grosser". Puri next appeared in Abhishek Kapoor's buddy drama Kai Po Che! (2013) alongside Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkummar Rao. An adaptation of the novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, she was cast as Vidya Bhatt, a district level cricketer's younger sister who falls in love with his best friend. The film proved to be a critical and commercial success with earnings of over ₹900 million (US$13 million) in worldwide ticket sales.
Television works (2015–2019)
Puri made her television debut with the series Stories by Rabindranath Tagore (2015) in which she had an episodic role. In 2016, she portrayed the lead role of Harleen Kaur opposite Purab Kohli in the series P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke that aired on Star Plus. The show ended in 2017. In 2019, she was part of two web series – Four More Shots Please! (in which she played a supporting role) and Made In Heaven (in which she had an episodic role).
|2012||Blood Money||Aarzoo Kadam|
|2013||Kai Po Che!||Vidya Bhatt|
|2019||Judgementall Hai Kya||Megha|
- P.O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke as Harleen Kaur (P.O.W. Sartaj Singh's wife)
- Stories by Rabindranath Tagore as Charulata
- Four More Shots Please! as Kavya Arora
- Made In Heaven as Devyani Singh (Episode: "A Royal Affair")
Awards and nominations
|Year||Title of work||Award||Category||Result|
|2010||Aisha||Stardust Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance Award||Won|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
- "My Character Has Been Fleshed Out Much More Than In Emma". RealBollywood.com. 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "Abhay is a fab co-star: Amrita Puri". The Times of India. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "It's raining newcomers in Bollywood". India Tribune. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "Life is not all about success & money: Aditya". Economic Times. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "Inside Amrita Puri And Imrun Sethi's Bangkok Wedding". NDTV.com.
- "Amrita Puri in Made in Heaven web series - TheDigitalHash". 30 November 2017.
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