Anushka was born in Bangalore, but her parents are hail from Uttarakhand. Her father, Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer. She has an elder brother named Karnesh, who was a state-level cricketer and is now in the Merchant Navy. Anushka studied in Army School and graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She then moved to Mumbai to further her modeling career.
Sharma says she originally wished to make it big in the modeling world but had no strong aspirations for films. She began her modeling career at the Lakme Fashion Week as a model for Wendell Rodricks s Les Vamps Show and was picked to be Rodricks s finale model at the Spring Summer 2007 Collection. Since then she has done campaigns for Silk & Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio.
Her first acting role was in Aditya Chopra s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) opposite Shahrukh Khan. The film was a huge success and her performance was appreciated. Anushka s character and her confident performance in the film had surprised film critics all over. It was not any small achievement to share screen space with an actor of the caliber of SRK and Anushka managed it very well from start to end. Her second film, Badmaash Company, also under Yash Raj Films, was released on May 7, 2010. She was praised for breaking out of the shell of the conservative and homely Taani to play the feisty and independent Bulbul, and her performance was applauded once again.
After this she did act in other films like Nikhil Advani s Patiala House with none other than Akki. She was once again seen filming for her third Yash Raj Film, with the film Band Baaja Baaraat, directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-starring debutant Ranveer Singh. Band Baaja Baaraat was released on December 10, 2010 to positive reviews and went on to become a sleeper hit. Box Office India website reported that the film grossed approximately INR 21.44 cr after five weeks, making it a moderate box office success. Anushka received her second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and earned several awards and nominations at different award ceremonies for her work in the film.
She reunited with her Band Baaja Baarat team of Ranveer Singh and Maneesh Sharma for Yashraj Film Ladies vs Ricky Bahl which under performed at the box office. But that is not the end for this actor. Currently she is working on her next project Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola opposite Imran Khan. The film is directed by none other than Vishal Bhardwaj. She will also be seen working in Yash Raj s next Untitled Project opposite Katrina Kaif and Shahrukh Khan. She has also been nominated as the lead for the film Bombay Velvet. We the team of In.com wish her a Very Happy Birthday and a lot more success in her future.
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