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Name: Amrita Rao
Birthdate: 17th of June, 1981
Marital Status: Unmarried
1) In 2004, Amrita Raoearned the nomination in the Filmfare Best Female Debut category for the film ‘Ishq Vishk’, directed by Ken Ghosh.
2) Next year in 2005, she got nominated in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress category for the Farah Khan written and directed Bollywood action comedy flick, ‘Main Hoon Naa’.
3) Amrita Rao received numerous Star Screen Award nominations throughout her illustrious acting career.
> In 2003, she got nominated for the Star Screen Award for the Most Promising Newcomer- Female category for the Ran Kanwar directed ‘Ab Ke Baras’.
> The following year, she once again received the same award in the very same category for Ken Ghosh’s ‘Ishq Vishk’.
> Three years later in 2007, she received the Star Screen Best Actress award nomination for Sooraj R. Barjatya’s romantic drama titled‘Vivah’.
> The very same year Amrita Rao along with the well-known face in the industry, Shahid Kapoor, got nominated in the Star Screen Jodi No. 1 award for ‘Vivah’.
4) In the year 2004, Amrita Rao earned the nomination forthe Zee Cine Best Female Debut category for ‘Ishq Vishk’.
5) Same year she won the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Awards) award in the Best Female Debut category for the Ken Ghosh directed ‘Ishq Vishk’.
6) Again for ‘Ishq Vishk’, she won the prestigious Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow- Female award in the year 2004.
7) In 2009, Amrita Rao was honoured with the Stardust Searchlight Best Actress award for Shyam Benegal’s comedy flick, ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’.
8) She had also received the 2004 Sansui Award in the Best Female Debutant category for ‘Ishq Vishk’.
9) In 2007, Amrita got the GR8 Women Award in the Young Achiever category.
10) In the same year she was also awarded the Anandalok Puroshkar Awards for the Most Promising New Talent for her film, ‘Vivah’.
The very same year, Amrita Rao along with Shahid Kapoor had also received the Sports World Awards in the ‘Jodi of the Year’ category.
Biography: Amrita Rao was born in the City of Dreams, Mumbai on the 17th of June, 1981. She was born to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family and her mother tongue was Konkani. Apart from Konkani she is also well versed in Marathi, English and Hindi. She did her schooling from Canossa Convent Girls School situated in Mumbai. Later on she joined the prestigious Sophia College to pursue philosophy. Preetika Rao, her sister is a columnist, model and a Southern film actress.
During her college life, Amrita Rao had auditioned for a Fairever Face Cream advertisement. Sooner or later, she appeared in numerous commercials and did various photo shoots. Her performance in the Bru Coffee ad as well as in the Cadbury Perk Karwa Chaut advertisement, led to her getting numerous job offers from various directors in B Town. Apart from ads and photo shoots, she has also made her appearance in various music videos by famous artists like Alisha Chinoy. Even after making her hold in the acting department, Amrita Rao continues to appear in various model and wal ramps for well-known designers as a guest celebrity.
Amrita Rao first set her foot in the glamorous world of Bollywood through the Raj Kanwar directed 2002 flick, ‘Ab Ke Baras’. She starred opposite debutant Arya Babbar. Next up she starred along with Shahid Kapoor in the 2003 Ken Ghosh directed ‘Ishq Vishk’. This film was a huge success at the box office and Amrita’s portrayal of the character of Payel, received lots of appreciation and she became a star overnight. This was soon followed with Indra Kumar’s comedy flick, ‘Masti’ (2004) starring Amrita Rao herself, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Lara Dutta, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ajay Devgan, Tara Sharma and Genelia D’Souza. Next up she appeared in the Shahrukh Khan and Zayed Khan starrer ‘Main Hoon Naa’, written and directed by Farah Khan. This film was a super hit at the theatres and Amrita received lots of accolades for her performance in the film. Following ‘Main Hoon Naa’, Amrita signed up for Milan Luthria’s next project, ‘Deewar’, which was an action film written by Anurag Kashyap.
In 2005, Amrita appeared in Mahesh Manjrekar’s ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’, and in John Matthew Matthan’s musical thriller ‘Shikhar’ starring Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu and Shahid Kapoor.
Next year in 2006, Amrita Rao made her appearance opposite Vivek Oberoi in Indra Kumar’s ‘Pyare Mohan’. She also played the lead role opposite Shahid Kapoor in Sooraj R. Barjatya’s ‘Vivah’. This film was a blockbuster at the box office and both Shahid as well as Amrita grabbed numerous awards for their exceptional performances in the film.
She began the year 2007 by making a guest appearance in the Hindi comedy flick titled ‘Heyy Babyy’ directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Her first ever Tamil film was the Surrender Reddy directed ‘Atidhi’ starring Amrita Rao herself opposite Ramesh Babu.
In the year 2008, she appeared in two films: E. Niwas’s drama film ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’ and Shyam Benegal’s ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’. Next year in 2009, Amrita played the character role of Nandini in Ajit Pal Mangat’s cricket based film ‘Victory’. She also enacted the role of Mansi opposite the renowned Arshad Warsi in Neeraj Vora’s ‘Shortkut’. ‘Shortkut’ was a remake of a Malayalam blockbuster flick named ‘Udayananu Tharam’.
In 2011, Amrita Rao came up with only one film named ‘Love U…Mr. Kalakaar’, directed by S. Manasvi. Here she played the main character role of Ritu along with Tushar Kapoor.
She also starred in David Dhawan’s comedy drama flick titled ‘Hook Ya Crook’ starring Amrita Rao herself, John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza, Shreyas Talpade and Kay Kay Menon. This film is an awaiting release.
Her filmography includes ‘Ab Ke Baras’, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, ‘Ishq Vishk’, ‘Masti’, ‘Main Hoon Naa’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’, ‘Shikhar’, ‘Pyare Mohan’, ‘Vivah’, ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Atidhi’, ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’, ‘Sharya’, ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’, ‘Victory’, ‘Shortkut: The Con is On’, ‘Life Partner’, ‘Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai’, ‘Love U…Mr. Kalakaar’, ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Singh Saheb The Great’.