Sunday, May 17, 2009

Amrita Rao

Hi every one today I happened to see the film Mein Hoon Na. Even though i have seen this film many time ,it was different this time ,I became the fan of Amrita Rao .i can't wait to tell you all about it .So i have added this post in my blog.

Amrita Rao

Born June 17, 1981 (1981-06-17) (age 27)
Chitrapur, Karnataka, India
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2002 - present

Amrita Rao (Konkani: ಅಮೃತಾ ರಾವ್. IPA: [əmrita raʊ], 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

Amrita Rao was born in Chitrapur to Deepak Rao. She belongs to the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family in Karnataka. She speaks Kannada, English, Marathi, Hindi and her mother tongue, Konkani.



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’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 did not do very well at the box office but the subsequently released Welcome to Sajjanpur-where she played a village belle- did decently.

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards


  • 2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for Ishq Vishk
  • 2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Main Hoon Na

Star Screen Awards


  • 2003: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ab Ke Baras
  • 2004: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2007: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Vivah
  • 2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah

Zee Cine Awards


  • 2004: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk

International Indian Film Academy Awards


  • 2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk

Stardust Awards


  • 2004: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2009: Stardust Best Actress Award for Welcome to Sajjanpur

Other Awards

  • 2004: Sansui Awards, Best Debut - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2007: GR8 Women Awards, Young Achiever
  • 2007: Anandalok Puroshkar Awards, Most Promising New Talent for Vivah
  • 2007: Sports World Awards, Jodi of the Year along with Shahid Kapoor for Vivah
  • 2007: Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for Vivah[10]


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 Priya
Shikhar Madhvi
2006 Pyare Mohan Piya
Vivah Poonam
2007 Heyy Babyy
Special appearance in song Heyy Babyy
Athidhi Amrita Telugu film
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Riya
Shaurya Neerja Rathode Cameo appearance[11]
Welcome to Sajjanpur Kamla Winner, Stardust Best Actress Award
2009 Victory Nandini