Rao at the inauguration of Sakhiya Skin Clinic
|Occupation||Actress, model, journalist, singer, blogger|
|Relatives||Amrita Rao (sister)|
Rao's father owns an advertising agency in Mumbai and her sister, Amrita Rao, is an award winning Bollywood actress. Rao graduated majoring in History from Sophia College, while also acquiring a diploma in Advertising and Journalism.
As a teen-model, Rao started her modelling career with an advertisement for Cadbury Dairy Milk, along with Amitabh Bachchan, directed by Shoojit Sarkar, She moved on to have a successful modelling career with forty plus tvc and print campaigns to her credit. After her career in modelling, she went to do film journalism for South Side, Chennai Times, Mumbai Mirror, Bangalore Mirror, Indian Forums, Deccan Chronicle and the Asian Age.
In order to pursue her academic degree, Rao chose to let-go off some big offers from Bollywood that came her way including offer’s for movies like Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Aashiqui 2 (2013).
Rao made her acting debut with the Tamil romantic film Chikku Bukku (2011) with Media One Global Ent Pvt Ltd, the makers of Tamil movie Jeans and Rajnikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan. However Rao quit South movies for a diploma course in broadcast journalism from the New York Film Academy.
In 2014, Rao made the transition from regional cinema to national television with the popular television serial Beintehaa aired on Colors TV, playing the role of Aaliya Zain Abdullah which made her a household name. Rao won the Best Actress Award at the Kalakar Awards, held at Kolkata in January 2015, along with the Zee Gold Best Debut.
- 2011: Chikku Bukku as Meenal (Tamil)
- 2012: Priyudu as Madhu Latha (Telugu)
- 2016: Rebel (Pre-production) (Kannada)
- 2013: Bigg Boss 7 as guest (to promote her new show) on Colors TV
- 2013–2014: Beintehaa as Aaliya Zain Abdullah (Hindi) on Colors TV
- 2014: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as guest
- 2016: Box Cricket League - Season 2 as Herself
|2014||Zee Gold Awards||Best Jodi
(with Harshad Arora)
|2014||Zee Gold Awards||Best Debut Actor||Won|
|2014||Indian Television Academy Awards||GR8! ON-Screen Couple Of The Year
(with Harshad Arora)
|2014||Indian Television Academy Awards||Desh Ki Dhadkan - Best Actress||Nominated|
|2014||Indian Telly Awards||Best Fresh New Face (Female)||Nominated|
|2015||23rd Kalakar Awards||Best Actor||Won|
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