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Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty was born on 7 November 1981 as Sweety Shetty & now  she is an Indian film actress who works mainly in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She debuted in the 2005 Telugu film Super and rose to fame following her performance in Vikramarkudu (2006).[3] She received high critical acclaim for her portrayal of the titular character in Arundhati[4] and as Saroja in Vedam[5] which fetched her two Filmfare, one Nandi and two CineMAA Awards. After starring in blockbuster Singam (2010), her biggest commercial success, she became one of South India’s most leading actresses.[6]

Early life

Anushka Shetty was born as Sweety Shetty on 7 November 1981[2] in Mangalore. Shetty is an ethnic Bunt hailing from the landed Bellipady Uramalu Guthu family.[7] Her parents are Prafulla and A.N. Vittal Shetty.[7] She has two brothers Gunaranjan Shetty and Sai Ramesh Shetty who is a cosmetic surgeon.[7] She attended her schooling in Bangalore. She did her Bachelor of Computer Applications at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.[8]She was also a Yoga Instructor and has trained under yoga guru Bharat Thakur.

Film career

Early career (2005-2008)

Shetty made her acting debut in Puri Jagannath’s 2005 Telugu film Super alongside Akkineni Nagarjuna. The same year, she acted in another film Mahanandi, which was an unsuccessful venture. In 2006, she had four releases, the first being S. S. Rajamouli’sVikramarkudu opposite Raviteja, in which she portrayed the character Neeraja Goswami. The film went on to become very successful and got her much recognition, that eventually made her very popular in Andhra Pradesh.[3][9] She next had starred in the film Astram, a remake of the 1999 Hindi film Sarfarosh, following which she debuted in the Tamil film industry, acting in the Sundar C.-directed action flick Rendu, sharing screen space with R. Madhavan. Later that year, she made a special appearance in A. R. Murugadoss’ directorial debut in Telugu, Stalin.

Her first release in 2007 was Lakshyam, after which she starred in Raghava Lawrence’s Don opposite Nagarjuna again. The former, in particular, succeeded at the box office.[10] In 2008 she had appeared in six films. Okka Magaadu was the first release, in which she played one of three female leads. Her subsequent releases Swagatam alongside Jagapati Babu and Bhumika Chawla and Baladuropposite Ravi Teja garnered poor reviews and box office returns.[11][12] She next appeared in the film Souryam with Gopichand which became a box office hit.

Critical acclaim (2009-2010)

In 2009, Shetty first starred in the blockbuster hit, the fantasy film Arundhati. In this heroine-centric film, she essayed two roles for the first time.[6] It was a critical as well as commercial success. Critics heaped praise on Anushka for her performance. Idlebrain’s Jeevi wrote that she was “simply amazing in two roles” and that she did “exceptionally well with subtle yet impact creating performance”, while Rediff claimed that she was “brilliant and breathtaking in parts”,[13] labelling Arundhati as “totally Anushka’s film”.[14] Sify noted that she was “at her best with great performance”.[15] She went on to win the Nandi Special Jury Award and the Filmfare Best Actress Award among other accolades.

Her next film, the action flick Billa, a remake of the 2007 Tamil namesake, itself a remake of the 1978 Hindi film Don, featured Shetty in a role contrary to that in Arundati. Her final release in 2009 was her second Tamil feature film, the action masala flick Vettaikkaran with leading Tamil actor Vijay and it was a failure. She had an array of releases in 2010, with her Tamil release, the police story Singam co-starring Suriya emerging a huge blockbuster and remains her highest-grosser till date, while most of her her Telugu films performed poorly.

She portrayed a prostitute in Krish’s critically acclaimed anthology film Vedam, her first Telugu film of the year,[5] winning accolades for her performance, including her second consecutive Filmfare Award, following which she was selected to reprise the character in its Tamil remake, Vaanam as well. Her next Telugu film, Panchakshari, was another heroine-centric film where she again performed double roles, however the movie failed at the box office. This was followed by the action comedy Khaleja, where she starred opposite Mahesh Babu for the first time in her career. Nagavalli, the Telugu remake of the Kannada film Aptharakshaka and Ragada followed, which all failed to make an impact at the box office.

Success in Kollywood (2011-Present)

Vaanam became her first 2011 release, which received positive critical response. A critic from Sify wrote that “Anushka is outstanding as the commercial sex worker as she is able to bring out a life-like performance.”[16] She next starred in A. L. Vijay’s Deiva Thirumagalwith Vikram. The drama centers on the characters of Krishna, a mentally retarded father and his daughter Nila. The film became a critical and commercial success, fetching her laurels for her portrayal as Anuradha, a advocate.[17]

Anushka again co-starred in A. L. Vijay’s action drama Thaandavam alongside Vikram and Amy Jackson. In The Hindu review film critic Malathi Rangarajan described her as “perfect ten for the choice of cast” and further stated that “the romance between Vikram and Anushka is a beautiful feature of Thaandavam.”[18] She then appeared alongside Akkineni Nagarjuna in Dhamarukam, a fantasy film. A critic from The Times of India said that Anushka “has little to do as far as performance goes and does a good job of upping the glam quotient”.[19]

She is currently filming for Selvaraghavan’s Irandam Ulagam opposite Arya[20] and an action-masala film Alex Pandian, directed bySuraj, co-starring Karthi.[21] She is also acting in Koratala Siva’s Mirchi opposite Prabhas. She has signed Gunashekar’s bilingual Rani Rudrama Devi, which is set to start shooting in February 2013.[22]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2005 Super Sasha Telugu  
2005 Maha Nandi Nandini Telugu  
2006 Vikramarkudu Neeraja Goswami Telugu  
2006 Astram Anusha Telugu  
2006 Rendu Jothy Tamil  
2006 Stalin   Telugu Special appearance
2007 Lakshyam Indu Telugu  
2007 Don Priya Telugu  
2008 Okka Magaadu Bhavani Telugu  
2008 Swagatham Shailu Telugu  
2008 Baladoor Bhanumathi Telugu  
2008 Souryam Swetha Telugu  
2008 Chintakayala Ravi Sunitha Telugu  
2008 King   Telugu Special appearance
2009 Arundhati Arundhati,
Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Nandi Special Jury Award
2009 Billa Maya Telugu  
2009 Vettaikkaran Susheela Tamil Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2010 Kedi   Telugu Special appearance
2010 Singam Kavya Mahalingam Tamil Nominated— Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
2010 Vedam Saroja Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2010 Panchakshari Panchakshari,
2010 Thakita Thakita Herself Telugu Special appearance
2010 Khaleja Subbalakshmi Telugu  
2010 Nagavalli Chandramukhi Telugu Nominated— Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2010 Ragada Shirisha Telugu  
2011 Vaanam Saroja Tamil  
2011 Deiva Thirumagal Anuradha Ragunathan Tamil Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
2012 Saguni Anushka Tamil Special appearance
2012 Thaandavam Meenakshi Tamil  
2012 Dhamarukam Maheshwari Telugu  
2013 Alex Pandian   Tamil Post-production
2013 Mirchi   Telugu Post-production
2013 Irandam Ulagam   Tamil Filming
2013 Brindavanomlo Nandakumaradu Telugu Filming
2013 Singam 2 Kavya Duraisingam Tamil Filming
2013 Rani Rudrama Devi Rudrama Devi Tamil

Awards and nominations

  • 2010: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu - Arundhati
  • 2010: Nandi Special Jury Award - Arundhati
  • 2010: CineMAA Award for Best Actress - Arundhati
  • 2010: Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Vettaikkaran
  • 2011: CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury) - Vedam
  • 2011: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu - Vedam
  • 2011: Jaya Award for Favorite Actrees - Deiva Thirumagal
  • 2012: Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Deiva Thirumagal
  • 2011: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu - Nagavalli
  • 2011: Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Singam
  • 2011: Vijay Award for Best Actress- Deiva Thirumagal
  • 2011: Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil- Deiva Thirumagal


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