Sep 12, 2008

Tollywood Actress Amrita Rao Profile

Amrita Rao born June 17, 1981 is 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

Of South Indian heritage, Amrita Rao was born on June 17, 1981 to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family in Chitrapur, Karnataka. She speaks English, Marathi, Konkani and Hindi.



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 an year.

Her appearance in Cadbury’s Perk Karwa Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. As she wanted 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.

Awards & nominations

Filmfare Awards


* 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

Stardust Awards


* 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

Year: Title: Role: Other notes
2002 Ab Ke Baras Anjali Thapar/Nandini
The Legend of Bhagat Singh Mannewali
2003 Ishq Vishk Payal Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2004 Masti Aanchal Mehta
Main Hoon Na Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Deewaar Radhika
2005 Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi Piya
Shikhar Madhvi
2006 Pyare Mohan Piya
Vivah Poonam Dubbed into Telugu as Parinayam
2007 Heyy Babyy Special appearance in song Heyy Babyy
Athidhi Amrita Telugu film
Dubbed into Tamil as Thani Kaatu Raja
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Riya
Shaurya Neerja Rathode In a cameo role, as major Rathode's widow
Welcome to Sajjanpur Filming
Victory Announced