Anushka Shetty Biography

BornSweety Shetty[1]
November 7, 1981 (age 29)[2]
MangaloreKarnatakaIndia
Other namesSweety, Tommulu
OccupationActress
Years active2005-present


Anushka Shetty (Tuluಅನುಷ್ಕ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ; born on 7 November 1981 as Sweety Shetty) is an Indian film actress, working 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).  After starring in high-budget productions alongside leading Telugu actors, she went on to became one of Telugu cinema's leading actresses in the successive years,  while fetching high critical acclaim for her portrayal of the titular character in ArundhatiShe rose to stardom in Tamil with her 2010 mega blockbuster Singam co-starring Tamil Superstar Surya.




Early life
Anushka Shetty was born in a Bunt family of Bellipady  in Mangalore. She did her schooling and college in Bangalore. She was also a Yoga Instructor and has trained under yoga guru Bharat Thakur.

Film career

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's Vikramarkudu 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.  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, of which particularly the former did very well at the box office.  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 Babuand Bhumika Chawla and Baladur opposite Ravi Teja garnered poor reviews and box office returns. She next appeared in the film Souryam with Gopichand which became a box office hit.

Critical acclaim and box office success: 2009-2010

In 2009, Anushka first starred in the blockbuster hit, the fantasy film Arundhati. In this heroine-centric film, she essayed two roles for the first time.[4] 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", labelling Arundhati as "totally Anushka's film".  Sify noted that she was "at her best with great performance".[23] She went on to win the Nandi Special Jury Award  and the Filmfare Best Actress Award.[25] Her next film was Billa, a remake of the 2007 Tamil film of the same name. The film received mixed reviews, with Rediff stating "Anushka has a super-toned body and indulges in quite a bit of skin show" but had "nothing much to do",  while Sify stated "Anushka was there to show her oomph and glamour which she has done full justice".  Her final release in 2009 was her second Tamil feature film, the action masala film Vettaikkaran with actor Vijay and it received generally unfavourable reviews. Rediff said, "Anushka, fresh from her success with Arundhathi, has been relegated to pretty bimbette again and appears conveniently during the romantic numbers of which Oru Chinna Thamarai takes the cake."  and Sify said, "Anushka has nothing much to do and hence goes unnoticed." 
She had a string of releases in 2010. She portrayed a prostitute in Krish's critically acclaimed anthology film Vedam. For her performance, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, her second consecutive Filmfare Award.  Her next Telugu film, Panchakshari, was another heroine-centric film where she again performed double roles.  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 in which she portrayed the famous role of Chandramukhi and Ragada. She also made special appearances in the movies Kedi and Thakita Thakita. However all these 2010 releases failed to make an impact at the box office.  Her sole Tamil release of 2010, the police story Singam co-starring Suriya was a high commercial success. Sify claimed, "Anushka is there only for glamour and songs, but does a decent job".  while Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff stated, "Anushka, thankfully, has more to do than just prance around in skimpy clothes (which she does very well). She romances dutifully, but her part picks up when both she and Suriya are in Chennai, tangling with villains." 

Success: 2011–present

She reprised the role she played in Vedam in its Tamil remake, Vaanam (2011), which was also critically acclaimed. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu said, "Boldness and daring mark Anushka's role—the actor's eyes effectively convey joy, helplessness, agony and anger."  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."  She next starred in A. L. Vijay's Deiva Thirumagal. The drama centers on the characters of Krishna (Vikram), an intellectually disabled father and his daughter Nila. The film became a critical and commercial success, fetching her laurels for her portrayal as Anuradha, an advocate. Oneindia stated, "Anushka Shetty's character in the film had good scope for performance without being glamorous".   She received her first Filmfare nomination in the Tamil category, besides the Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine.
Anushka Shetty
In 2012, Anushka recollabored with in A. L. Vijay and Vikram in the action drama Thaandavam. Malathi Rangarajan stated that "the romance between Vikram and Anushka is a beautiful feature of Thaandavam."  She later appeared alongside Akkineni Nagarjuna in the fantasy film Dhamarukam, which was her first Telugu release after two years. Karthik Pasupulate 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".  Radhika Rajamani of Rediff claimed, "Anushka looks sweet. Nag and Anushka have good onscreen chemistry".  Oneindia claimed, "Anushka Shetty has less scope for acting, but she impresses you in song sequences. 
Her first release in 2013 was Alex Pandian, an action-masala film, directed by Suraj, co-starring Karthi.  The film was a critical and commercial failure.  Her second release was Koratala Siva's Mirchi opposite Prabhas. Idlebrain claimed, "Anushka is adorable in a naughty village belle, the dubbing also seems great and the character Vennela is the best role among her recent role in movies".  Rediff wrote, "Anushka is bubbly and peps up the film considerably".  Sify wrote, "Anushka looks beautiful and livens up the moments and praised her chemistry with Prabhas".  She was next seen in Singam II, the sequel to Singam (2010), reprising her role from the first part. Sify said, "Anushka looks jaded, has nothing to do but sizzle with Suriya in two songs"  while The Times of India stated, "Anushka is forced to take a back seat even as she reprises her role of Kavya." 
Anushka next release was Selvaraghavan's fantasy adventure film Irandam Ulagam opposite Arya,  that saw her playing a dual role again, the third time in her career. Anushka played Ramya, a doctor and Varna, a high spirited, warrior-like character, in a parallel world. Rediff wrote, "Anushka not only shares equal screen space with Arya, but also plays quite a significant role. In fact, the story revolves around her and she has performed admirably". Behindwoods wrote, "As the shy doctor Ramya and as the fierce warrior Varna, Anushka is simply at her best showcasing a wide range of emotions and stunts. It is her performance that stands as a pivot for the rest of the story to take shape".  Her latest release is the Tamil film Lingaa opposite Rajinikanth, released in December 2014.  She starred opposite Rajnikanth in Lingaa which opened to mixed reviews. 
In 2015, She starred opposite Ajith Kumar in Yennai Arindhaal which opened to positive reviews.  Her second release in 2015, is the first part of Baahubali directed by S. S. Rajamouli which became one of the top-grossing films in the Indian film industry.The Hindu noted that, Anushka Shetty is gutsy to take on such a role and emotes through her powerful eyes. Her third release in 2015 was Gunashekar's bilingual Rudhramadevi in which she portrays the title role of Kakatiya dynasty queen Rudrama Devi opposite Rana Daggubati and Allu Arjun.  AP Herald wrote, "Anushka Shetty was very believable and appreciable as a royal torrid and an honorable woman. Hers is a dual character, that of next to kin 'Rudhradeva' and of powerful 'Rudhramadevi' are superb. She plays her dual role in her characters in style and lends credibility to both the characters."  Her Final release in 2015,Size Zero where she played as plus-sized women.The Hindu Claimed,A lot lies on Anushka Shetty’s shoulders. Utterly charming and a treat to watch, she comes up with one of her best performances. 

Filmography

As Actress
YearFilmRoleLanguageNotes
2005SuperSashaTelugu
2005Maha NandiNandiniTelugu
2006VikramarkuduNeeraja GoswamiTelugu
2006AstramAnushaTelugu
2006RenduJothyTamil
2006StalinHerselfTeluguSpecial appearance in the song "I Wanna Spider Man"
2007LakshyamInduTelugu
2007DonPriyaTelugu
2008Okka MagaaduBhavaniTelugu
2008SwagathamShailuTelugu
2008BaladoorBhanumathiTelugu
2008SouryamSwethaTelugu
2008Chintakayala RaviSunithaTelugu
2008KingHerselfTeluguSpecial appearance in the song "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready"
2009ArundhatiArundhati / JejammaTeluguDual role
2009BillaMayaTelugu
2009VettaikkaranSusheelaTamil
2010KediHerselfTeluguSpecial appearance in the song "Kedigaadu"
2010SingamKavya MahalingamTamil
2010VedamSarojaTelugu
2010PanchakshariPanchakshari / HoneyTelugu
2010KhalejaSubbalakshmiTelugu
2010Thakita ThakitaHerselfTeluguCameo appearance
2010NagavalliChandramukhiTelugu
2010RagadaShirishaTelugu
2011VaanamSarojaTamil
2011Deiva ThirumagalAnuradha RagunathanTamil
2012SaguniAnushkaTamilCameo appearance
2012ThaandavamMeenakshiTamil
2012DhamarukamMaheshwariTelugu
2013Alex PandianDivyaTamil
2013MirchiVennelaTelugu
2013Singam IIKavya MahalingamTamil
2013Irandaam UlagamRamya/VarnaTamil
2014LingaaLakshmiTamil
2015Yennai ArindhaalThenmozhiTamil
2015Baahubali: The BeginningDevasenaTelugu
2015Baahubali: The BeginningDevasenaTamil
2015RudhramadeviRudrama DeviTelugu
2015Size ZeroSweetyTelugu
2015Inji IduppazhagiSweetyTamil
2016Soggade Chinni NayanaKrishna KumariTeluguCameo appearance
2016OopiriNandiniTeluguCameo appearance
2016ThozhaNandiniTamilCameo appearance
2017S3Kavya MahalingamTamilPost-Production,
2017Om Namo VenkatesayaTBATeluguFilming[64]
2017Baahubali: The ConclusionDevasenaTeluguFilming,
Scheduled to release on 28 April 2017.
2017Baahubali: The ConclusionDevasenaTamilFilming,
Scheduled to release on 28 April 2017.
2017BhagmatiTBATeluguFilming[65][66]

List of awards and nominations received by Anushka Shetty 

YearCategoryAwardFilmResult
2005Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthSuperNominated
2009Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthArundhatiWon
Nandi Special Jury AwardNandi AwardsWon
CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury)CineMAA AwardsWon
Ugadi Award for Best ActressGemini Ugadi AwardsWon
Santosham Best Actress AwardSantosham Film AwardsWon
South Scope Cine Award for Best ActressSouth Scope Cine AwardsWon
Vamsee film Award for Best ActressVamsee Film AwardsWon
Vijay Award for Favourite HeroineVijay AwardsVettaikaranWon
2010Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthVedhamWon
CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury)CineMAA AwardsWon
Santosham Best Actress AwardSantosham Film AwardsWon
Vamsee Film Award for Best ActressVamsee Film AwardsWon
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthNagavalliNominated
Vijay Award for Favourite HeroineVijay AwardsSingamNominated
2011Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TamilFilmfare Awards SouthDeivathirumagalNominated
SIIMA Award for Best Actress – TamilSouth Indian International Movie AwardsNominated
Vijay Award for Favourite HeroineVijay AwardsWon
Vijay Award for Best ActressVijay AwardsNominated
Jaya Award for Best ActressJaya AwardsWon
ITFA Best Actress AwardInternational Tamil Film AwardsVaanamNominated
Edison Award for Best ActressEdison AwardsNominated
2012Edison Awards for Best ActressEdison AwardsThaandavamNominated
Best Heroine AwardT. Subbarami Reddy's Lalitha Kala Parishath -Tv9 AwardsDhamarukamWon
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthNominated
Best Actor - FemaleHyderabad Times Film AwardsNominated
2013Vijay Award for Favourite HeroineVijay AwardsSingam IINominated
Vijay Award for Best ActressVijay AwardsIrandaam UlagamNominated
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthMirchiNominated
2015Ugadi Award for Best Actress[1]Ugadi Awards 2016RudhramadeviWon
Best actressApsara Awards 2016Won[2]
Entertainer of the YearApsara Awards 2016Won[2]
CineMAA Award for Best ActressCineMAA AwardsWon
Best ActressBharatamuni AwardsWon
Best Actress - Critics ChoiceSIIMA (South Indian International Movie Awards) 2016[3]Won
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – TeluguFilmfare Awards SouthWon
Santosham Best Actress AwardSantosham Film AwardsWon

Other Awards and Honours 

YearCategoryAward/rank
2011Kalaimamani Award by Tamil Nadu State Government[4]Kalaimamani
TSR Lalitha Kala Parishath Award
2012Bangalore Times Most Desirable Women 2012-Kannada[5]#3
Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Woman 2012.-Telugu[6]#3
Chennai Times Most Desirable Women 2012 - Tamil[7]#5
India's top 50 most desired women of 2012.[8]#45
2015Hyderabad Times Most Desirable Women 2015[9]#1
Chennai Times Most Desirable Women 2015 - Tamil [10]#4

 

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