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
Amrita Rao was born on June 7, 1981 to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin
Konkani speaking family in Mumbai. She speaks English, Hindi, Konkani,
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 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.
2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award - Ishq Vishk
2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award - Main Hoon Na
Star Screen Awards
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
2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah
Zee Cine Awards
2004: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut - Ishq Vishk
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut - Ishq Vishk
2004: Stardust Awards, Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Ishq Vishk
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 -
2007: Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award - Vivah