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Sweety Shetty (born 7 November 1981), better known by her stage name Anushka She

tty, is an Indian actress and model who works predominantly in Telugu and Tamil
films.
She made her acting debut through the 2005 Telugu film Super. She went on to sta
r in a number of Telugu films such as Vikramarkudu (2006), Arundhati (2009), Ved
am (2010), Rudramadevi (2015) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). After starrin
g in a series of high-budget productions, she established herself as one of the
leading actresses in Telugu cinema.[4] She received critical acclaim for her por
trayal of the title character in Arundhati (2009),[5] as Saroja in Vedam (2010),
[6] and as Queen Rudramadevi which fetched her three Filmfare, one Nandi and thr
ee CineMAA Awards. In the 2010s, Anushka also achieved success in Tamil cinema w
ith the action films Singam (2010),[4] its sequel Singam II (2013) and Yennai Ar
indhaal (2015). All three of them were big commercial successes, while her perfo
rmances in Vaanam (2011), Deiva Thirumagal (2011) and Inji Iduppazhagi (2015) wo
n her critical praise.
She was also voted as "Hyderabad's Most Desirable Woman of 2015".[7]
Contents [hide]
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Early life
2
Film career
2.1
Debut and fame in Telugu: 2005-2008
2.2
Critical acclaim and box office success: 2009-2010
2.3
Success: 2011 present
3
Filmography
4
Awards
5
References
6
External links
Early life
Born in Mangalore, Karnataka, Anushka is an ethnic Tuluva hailing from the lande
d Bellipady Uramalu Guthu family.[8] Her parents are Prafulla and A.N. Vittal Sh
etty.[8] She has two brothers Gunaranjan Shetty and Sai Ramesh Shetty who is a c
osmetic surgeon.[8] Anushka did her schooling in Bangalore and her Bachelor of C
omputer Applications at the Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She was also a yoga
instructor, trained under Bharat Thakur.[9]
Film career
Debut and fame in Telugu: 2005-2008
Anushka made her acting debut in Puri Jagannath's 2005 Telugu film Super, where
she featured alongside Akkineni Nagarjuna and Ayesha Takia. IndiaGlitz said "The
two girls, Ayesha and Anushka, are cool and chic. Their angles and curves provi
de all the glamour and keep you engrossed. What about their acting? Well, they a
re in this film for it."[10] and Sify stated, "The sexy girls Ayesha and Anushka
show off their bodies."[11] The same year, she acted in another film Maha Nandi
, opposite Srihari and Sumanth. IndiaGlitz said, "Anushka looks comely ---and th
at is what she seems to be in for." but added, "The script has been stitched and
the seams look frayed."[12] Sify stated that it "starts promisingly with a racy
first half but goes awry and the tempo slackens post interval." and added, "Anu
shka looks ravishing thanks to Vasu s camera which is a major plus for the film."[
13]
In 2006, she had four releases, the first being S. S. Rajamouli's Vikramarkudu,
where she was paired with Ravi Teja. The film went on to become very successful
and got her much recognition, making her very popular in Andhra Pradesh.[14][15]
Kishore of Nowrunning.com said "The high points of the movie are the flawless a
cting of Raviteja and the lusciousness of Anushka. Raviteja has got all the ingr
edients that an actor should have and Anushka has all the assets to that a woman
ought to have."[16] and Sify said that Anushka "is definitely a highlight."[17]

She next starred in the film Astram, a remake of the 1999 Hindi film Sarfarosh,
following which she debuted in the Tamil film industry, acting in the Sundar C.directed action flick Rendu, sharing screen space with R. Madhavan. Later that y
ear, she made a special appearance alongside Mega star Chiranjeevi in A. R. Muru
gadoss' directorial debut in Telugu, Stalin.
Her first release in 2007 was Lakshyam which was a success in box office, after
which she starred in Raghava Lawrence's Don opposite Nagarjuna again. The former
, in particular, succeeded at the box office.[18] In 2008 she had appeared in si
x films. Okka Magaadu was the first release, in which she played one of three fe
male leads. Nandamuri Balakrishna was the actor opposite her in Okka Magaadu. He
r next releases Swagatam alongside Jagapati Babu and Bhumika Chawla and Baladur
opposite Ravi Teja garnered poor reviews and box office returns.[19][20] She nex
t appeared in the film Souryam with Gopichand which became a box office hit.
Critical acclaim and box office success: 2009-2010
In 2009, Anushka first starred in the blockbuster hit, the fantasy film Arundhat
i. In this heroine-centric film, she essayed two roles for the first time.[4] It
was a critical as well as commercial success. Critics heaped praise on Anushka
for her performance. Idlebrain's Jeevi wrote that she was "simply amazing in two
roles" and that she did "exceptionally well with subtle yet impact creating per
formance",[21] while Rediff claimed that she was "brilliant and breathtaking in
parts", labelling Arundhati as "totally Anushka's film".[22] Sify noted that she
was "at her best with great performance".[23] She went on to win the Nandi Spec
ial Jury Award[24] and the Filmfare Best Actress Award.[25] Her next film was Bi
lla, a remake of the 2007 Tamil film of the same name. The film received mixed r
eviews, with Rediff stating "Anushka has a super-toned body and indulges in quit
e a bit of skin show" but had "nothing much to do",[26] while Sify stated "Anush
ka was there to show her oomph and glamour which she has done full justice".[27]
Her final release in 2009 was her second Tamil feature film, the action masala
film Vettaikkaran with actor Vijay and it received generally unfavourable review
s. Rediff said, "Anushka, fresh from her success with Arundhathi, has been releg
ated to pretty bimbette again and appears conveniently during the romantic numbe
rs of which Oru Chinna Thamarai takes the cake."[28] and Sify said, "Anushka has
nothing much to do and hence goes unnoticed."[29]
She had a string of releases in 2010. She portrayed a prostitute in Krish's crit
ically acclaimed anthology film Vedam.[6] For her performance, she won the Filmf
are Award for Best Actress, her second consecutive Filmfare Award.[30] Her next
Telugu film, Panchakshari, was another heroine-centric film where she again perf
ormed double roles.[6] This was followed by the action comedy Khaleja, where she
starred opposite Mahesh Babu for the first time in her career, Nagavalli, the T
elugu remake of the Kannada film Aptharakshaka in which she portrayed the famous
role of Chandramukhi and Ragada. She also made special appearances in the movie
s Kedi and Thakita Thakita. However all these 2010 releases failed to make an im
pact at the box office.[6] Her sole Tamil release of 2010, the police story Sing
am co-starring Suriya was a high commercial success. Sify claimed, "Anushka is t
here only for glamour and songs, but does a decent job".[31] while Pavithra Srin
ivasan of Rediff stated, "Anushka, thankfully, has more to do than just prance a
round in skimpy clothes (which she does very well). She romances dutifully, but
her part picks up when both she and Suriya are in Chennai, tangling with villain
s."[32]
Success: 2011 present
She reprised the role she played in Vedam in its Tamil remake, Vaanam (2011), wh
ich was also critically acclaimed. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu said, "Boldne
ss and daring mark Anushka's role the actor's eyes effectively convey joy, helples
sness, agony and anger."[33] A critic from Sify wrote that "Anushka is outstandi
ng as the commercial sex worker as she is able to bring out a life-like performa
nce."[34] She next starred in A. L. Vijay's Deiva Thirumagal. The drama centers

on the characters of Krishna (Vikram), an intellectually disabled father and his


daughter Nila. The film became a critical and commercial success, fetching her
laurels for her portrayal as Anuradha, an advocate.[35] Oneindia stated, "Anushk
a Shetty's character in the film had good scope for performance without being gl
amorous".[36] She received her first Filmfare nomination in the Tamil category,
besides the Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine.
Anushka Shetty
In 2012, Anushka recollabored with in A. L. Vijay and Vikram in the action drama
Thaandavam. Malathi Rangarajan stated that "the romance between Vikram and Anus
hka is a beautiful feature of Thaandavam."[37] She later appeared alongside Akki
neni Nagarjuna in the fantasy film Dhamarukam, which was her first Telugu releas
e after two years. Karthik Pasupulate from The Times of India said that Anushka
"has little to do as far as performance goes and does a good job of upping the g
lam quotient".[38] Radhika Rajamani of Rediff claimed, "Anushka looks sweet. Nag
and Anushka have good onscreen chemistry".[39] Oneindia claimed, "Anushka Shett
y has less scope for acting, but she impresses you in song sequences.[40]
Her first release in 2013 was Alex Pandian, an action-masala film, directed by S
uraj, co-starring Karthi.[41] The film was a critical and commercial failure.[42
] Her second release was Koratala Siva's Mirchi opposite Prabhas. Idlebrain clai
med, "Anushka is adorable in a naughty village belle, the dubbing also seems gre
at and the character Vennela is the best role among her recent role in movies".[
43] Rediff wrote, "Anushka is bubbly and peps up the film considerably".[44] Sif
y wrote, "Anushka looks beautiful and livens up the moments and praised her chem
istry with Prabhas".[45] She was next seen in Singam II, the sequel to Singam (2
010), reprising her role from the first part. Sify said, "Anushka looks jaded, h
as nothing to do but sizzle with Suriya in two songs"[46] while The Times of Ind
ia stated, "Anushka is forced to take a back seat even as she reprises her role
of Kavya."[47]
Anushka next release was Selvaraghavan's fantasy adventure film Irandam Ulagam o
pposite Arya,[48] that saw her playing a dual role again, the third time in her
career. Anushka played Ramya, a doctor and Varna, a high spirited, warrior-like
character, in a parallel world. Rediff wrote, "Anushka not only shares equal scr
een space with Arya, but also plays quite a significant role. In fact, the story
revolves around her and she has performed admirably".[49] Behindwoods wrote, "A
s the shy doctor Ramya and as the fierce warrior Varna, Anushka is simply at her
best showcasing a wide range of emotions and stunts. It is her performance that
stands as a pivot for the rest of the story to take shape".[50] Her latest rele
ase is the Tamil film Lingaa opposite Rajinikanth, released in December 2014.[51
] She starred opposite Rajnikanth in Lingaa which opened to mixed reviews.[52][5
3][54][55][56][57][58]
In 2015, She starred opposite Ajith Kumar in Yennai Arindhaal which opened to po
sitive reviews.[59][60] Her second release in 2015, is the first part of Baahuba
li directed by S. S. Rajamouli which became one of the top grossing films in the
Indian film industry.The Hindu noted that, Anushka Shetty is gutsy to take on s
uch a role and emotes through her powerful eyes. Her third release in 2015 was G
unashekar's bilingual Rudhramadevi in which she portrays the title role of Kakat
iya dynasty queen Rudrama Devi opposite Rana Daggubati and Allu Arjun.[61] AP He
rald wrote, "Anushka Shetty was very believable and appreciable as a royal torri
d and an honorable woman. Hers is a dual character, that of next to kin 'Rudhrad
eva' and of powerful 'Rudhramadevi' are superb. She plays her dual role in her c
haracters in style and lends credibility to both the characters."[62] Her Final
release in 2015,Size Zero where she played as plus-sized women.The Hindu Claimed
,A lot lies on Anushka Shetty s shoulders. Utterly charming and a treat to watch,
she comes up with one of her best performances.[63]

Filmography
As Actress
Pink indicates unreleased films
Year
Film
Role
Language
Notes
2005
Super Sasha Telugu
Maha Nandi
Nandini Telugu
2006
Vikramarkudu
Neeraja Goswami Telugu
Astram Anusha Telugu
Rendu Jothy Tamil
Stalin Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "I Wanna Spider Man"
2007
Lakshyam
Indu
Telugu
Don
Priya Telugu
2008
Okka Magaadu
Bhavani Telugu
Swagatham
Shailu Telugu
Baladoor
Bhanumathi
Telugu
Souryam Swetha Telugu
Chintakayala Ravi
Sunitha Telugu
King
Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready"
2009
Arundhati
Arundhati / Jejamma
Telugu Dual role
Billa Maya
Telugu
Vettaikkaran
Susheela
Tamil
2010
Kedi
Herself Telugu Special appearance in the song "Kedigaadu"
Singam Kavya Mahalingam
Tamil
Vedam Saroja Telugu
Panchakshari
Panchakshari / Honey
Telugu
Khaleja Subbalakshmi
Telugu
Thakita Thakita Herself Telugu Cameo appearance
Nagavalli
Chandramukhi
Telugu
Ragada Shirisha
Telugu
2011
Vaanam Saroja Tamil
Deiva Thirumagal
Anuradha Ragunathan
Tamil
2012
Saguni Anushka Tamil Cameo appearance
Thaandavam
Meenakshi
Tamil
Dhamarukam
Maheshwari
Telugu
2013
Alex Pandian
Divya Tamil
Mirchi Vennela Telugu
Singam II
Kavya Mahalingam
Tamil
Irandaam Ulagam Ramya/Varna
Tamil
2014
Lingaa Lakshmi Tamil
2015
Yennai Arindhaal
Thenmozhi
Tamil
Baahubali: The Beginning
Devasena
Telugu
Tamil
Rudhramadevi
Rudrama Devi
Telugu
Size Zero
Sweety Telugu
Inji Iduppazhagi
Tamil
2016
Soggade Chinni Nayana Krishna Kumari Telugu Cameo appearance
Oopiri Nandini Telugu Cameo appearance
Thozha Tamil
S3
Kavya Mahalingam
Tamil Filming
2017
Baahubali: The Conclusion
Devasena
Telugu Filming,
Scheduled to release on 14 April 2017.
Tamil
Bhagmati
TBA
Telugu Filming[64][65]
Untitled K. Raghavendra Rao's project TBA
Telugu Pre- Production[66]
Awards
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Anushka Shetty