Amrita Rao is an Indian actress and model.
Amrita made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002). She was then noticed in romance Ishq Vishk (2003) which was followed by commercial successes like Masti and Main Hoon Na (both 2004). Her biggest commercial success was the blockbuster omance Vivah (2006). Her other successful films include comedies Welcome To Sajjanpur (2008) and Jolly LLB (2013). She has won and been nominated for several awards including two nominations of Filmfare in Best Debut and Best Supporting Actress categories.
She studied in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her younger sister Preetika Rao is a model and well-known film journalist and columnist. While studying in Sophia College, Amrita auditioned for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream. She filmed many commercials and did numerous photo shoots. Her appearance in Cadbury’s Perk Karwa Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. She also appeared in numerous music videos by artists such as Alisha Chinai. Even after becoming a well-known actress in Bollywood, she continues do modelling and walk ramps for designers, as a celebrity guest.
Amrita made her acting debut in Ab Ke Baras (2002) alongside Arya Babbar. She went on to star with Shahid Kapoor in his debut film, Ishq Vishk (2003) and became an overnight star after the success of that film and for her portrayal of Payal. She followed this up in 2004 with Masti, Main Hoon Na and Deewaar.
The year 2005 saw her performing as Priya in Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! and Madhvi in Shikhar. In 2006, she starred in Pyare Mohan alongside Vivek Oberoi and Sooraj R Barjatya's blockbuster Vivah alongside Shahid Kapoor. Her first role in 2007 was a special appearance for the song "Heyy Babyy" in the eponymous film, Heyy Babyy. She then made her debut in Tollywood with Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu. Amrita's movies in 2008 include My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves with Nikhil Dwivedi and Welcome To Sajjanpur with Shreyas Talpade. The following year, she portrayed Nandini in Victory and Mansi in Shortcut opposite Arshad Warsi. Her only release in 2011 was Rajshree Production's Love U Mr Kalakaar produced by Sooraj Barjatya in which she played Ritu, the main role, alongside Tusshar Kapoor.
She kickstarted 2013 with Fox Star's hit film Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani for which she received largely negative reviews. Amrita Rao is currently working on two major big-budget films scheduled to be released in 2013: Anil Sharma's Singh Saab The Great opposite Sunny Deol and Prakash Jha's Satyagraha