Amrita Rao ( born 17 June 1981) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films.
Beginning her career as a model, Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002). She then starred in Ken Ghosh’s love-story Ishq Vishk (2003) and earned a Filmfare nomination in the “Best Female Debut” category.
Amrita was born in Mumbai to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family. She speaks Marathi, Hindi, English and her mother tongue, Konkani. She attended Canossa Convent Girls High school in Mumbai, and later enrolled in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her younger sister, Preetika Rao, is a Model, Journalist-Columnist and a South-Indian film actress and Modeling While studying in Sophia College, Amrita auditioned for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream. Her appearance in Cadbury’s Perk Karwa
Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. Acting
Amrita made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), and followed that with her (2003) film, Ishq Vishk, in which she portrayed Payal. She became an overnight star after the success that film. She followed this up with films Masti (2004) and Main Hoon Na, Deewaar (2004), Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005), Shikhar (2005), and Pyare Mohan (2006). She starred in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s Blockbuster Vivah (2006) opposite Shahid Kapoor.
In 2007 Amrita made her debut in the Telugu film industry with Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu. Amrita’s releases in 2008 include My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves and Welcome to Sajjanpur. Amrita’s releases in 2009 are Victory, and Shortkut. Amrita’s release in 2011 is Love U…Mr. Kalakaar!. Year 2012 will see her comeback with the movie Hook Ya Crook.
|Ab Ke Baras||2002||Anjali Thapar/ Nandini|
|The Legend of Bhagat Singh||2002||Mannewali|
|Ishq Vishk||2003||Payal Mehra|
|Main Hoon Na||2004||Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi|
|Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!||2005||Priya|
|Heyy Babyy||2007||–||Special appearance in song “Heyy Babyy”|
|My Name is Anthony Gonsalves||2008||Riya|
|Welcome to Sajjanpur||2008||Kamala|
|Short Kut: The Con is On||2009||Mansi|
|Life Partner||2009||Anjali||Special appearance|
|Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai||2010||Tara’s sister||Special appearance|
|Love U…Mr. Kalakaar!||2011||Ritu|
|Singh Saab the Great||2013||Shikha Chaturvedi|
|The Legend Of Kunal||2015||Kanchanmala||Pre-production|
Awards and Nominations:
|2003||Star Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Ab Ke Baras||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|2004||Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Ishq Vishk||Nominated|
|IIFA||Star Debut of the Year – Female||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Won|
|2005||Filmfare Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Main Hoon Na||Nominated|
|2007||Star Screen Awards||Best Actress||Vivah||Nominated|
|Jodi No. 1 (along with Shahid Kapoor)||Nominated|
|2009||Stardust Awards||Best Actress||Welcome to Sajjanpur||Won|