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Amrita Rao -  born June 7, 1981is an Indian model and Bollywood actress. began her career as a model, Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), which went unnoticed. However, she grew into prominence when she starred in Ken Ghosh's love-story, Ishq Vishk (2003)

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Amrita Rao -  born June 7, 1981is an Indian model and Bollywood actress.

Beginning her career as a model, Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), which went unnoticed. However, she grew into prominence when she starred in Ken Ghosh's love-story, Ishq Vishk (2003) and earned her first Filmfare nomination in the Best Female Debut category. Delivering acclaimed performances and commercial success with films like Main Hoon Na (2004) and Vivah (2006), her biggest commercial success so far, she has established herself as one of the most promising actresses of Bollywood.

Personal life
Amrita Rao was born on June 7, 1981 to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin Konkani speaking family in Mumbai. She speaks English, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi

Career
Amrita Rao attended C.G. High School in Mumbai and later enrolled in Sophia College to pursue a degree in psychology. While studying there, she auditioned for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream. To her surprise she was selected amongst 60 other contestants. After that, she got many offers and became one of the most sought-after models in India within a year.

Her appearance in Cadbury Perk Karwa Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. Wanting to complete her education, she refused them. After earning a degree in psychology, she began her profession as an actress, working in films.
 

She made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), but gained recognition only after the success of her 2003 film, Ishq Vishk, in which her portrayal as Payal earned her the girl-next door image. Success followed for her in 2004 with films like Masti and Main Hoon Na.

Her career took a setback when her following releases, Deewaar (2004), Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005), Shikhar (2005), and Pyare Mohan (2006) did poorly at the box office. Things turned around when she starred in Sooraj R. Barjatya's blockbuster Vivah (2006) opposite Shahid Kapoor. The film was a universal success[1] and her performance was well appreciated by critics, earning her a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.

Rao recently made her debut in Tollywood, with the Telugu hit Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu. Amrita had no releases in Bollywood in 2007. Amrita's first release of 2008 was My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves , which failed at the box office. Her performance got poor reviews.
 

Awards & nominations
Filmfare Awards
Nominated
2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award - Ishq Vishk
2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Main Hoon Na

Star Screen Awards
Nominated
2003: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female - Ab Ke Baras
2004: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female - Ishq Vishk
2007: Star Screen Award Best Actress - Vivah[4]
2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah[5]

Zee Cine Awards
Nominated
2004: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut - Ishq Vishk

International Indian Film Academy Awards
Winner
2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut - Ishq Vishk

Stardust Awards
Winner
2004: Stardust Awards, Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Ishq Vishk

Other Awards
2004: Sansui Awards, Best Debut - Female - Ishq Vishk
2007: GR8 Women Awards, Young Achiever
2007: Anandalok Puroshkar Awards, Most Promising New Talent - Vivah
2007: Sports World Awards, Jodi of the Year along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah
2007: Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award - Vivah
 

 
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