Anushka Sharma, born on 1st May 1988 is an Indian actress and former model who appears in Bollywood films. In 2008, she made her screen debut in 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi', directed by Aditya Chopra. Sharma was born in Bangalore, but her parents are from Uttarakhand. Her father, Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer and her mother Ashima Sharma is a housewife. She has an elder brother named Karnesh, who was a state-level cricketer and is now in the Merchant Navy. She 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, where she currently resides. Anushka 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 '07 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. 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.
She also acted in the film "Patiala House" opposite Akshay Kumar. This is her first film out side the Yashraj Banner . The film was directed by Nikhil Advani and it opened to average reviews, Anushka Sharma's acting was widely appreciated.
She starred in yet another Yashraj film 'Band Baaja Baaraat', a romantic comedy directed by Maneesh Sharma and co-starring debutant Ranveer Singh. She played a middle-class Delhi-Punjabi girl who goes on to launch her own independent business of wedding planning and later falls for her partner. In preparation for the part, Sharma was required to master the dialect of a young Punjabi woman from Delhi.
'Band Baaja Baaraat' was released on December 10, 2010 to positive reviews . Anushka's performance was praised by critics, many of whom called it her best work up to that point. For her work in the film, Sharma received her second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and earned several awards and nominations at different award ceremonies.
Anushka Sharma's last release 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' was also released under the Yashraj Banner. In this movie she re-unites with her 'Band Baaja Baaraat' co-star Ranveer Singh. The movie opened with mix reviews . In this film she plays the role of a con-woman. She is hired by three women to con Ranveer Singh, who are duped by con-man Ranveer Singh.