Amrita Rao

Amrita Rao
Born June 17, 1981 (1981-06-17) (age 29)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress / Model
Years active 2002–present

Amrita Rao (Konkani: ಅಮೃತಾ ರಾವ್, pronounced [əmrɪtaː ˈraːʊ]; born 17 June 1981)[1] is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films.

Beginning her career as a model, Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002) for which she won her best debut award. She then starred in Ken Ghosh's love-story Ishq Vishk (2003) and earned her first Filmfare nomination in the Best Female Debut category. She is best known for Main Hoon Na (2004) and Vivah (2006), her biggest commercial success so far.

Personal life

Rao was born in Mumbai to a Konkani Hindu family from Mangalore, Karnataka.[2] She speaks Marathi, Hindi, English and her mother tongue, Konkani.[3] She attended Canossa High school in Mumbai, and later enrolled in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology.



While studying in Sophia College, Rao auditioned for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream. Her appearance in Cadbury’s Perk Karwa Chaut ad and the Bru Coffee advertisement helped her receive offers from film directors in Bollywood. As she wanted to complete her education, she refused them. After earning a degree in psychology, she began her profession as an actress, working in numerous films.


Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), and followed that with her 2003 film, Ishq Vishk, in which she portrayed Payal. In 2004 her films Masti and Main Hoon Na, Deewaar (2004) were released. Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005), Shikhar (2005), and Pyare Mohan (2006) followed. She starred in Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006) opposite Shahid Kapoor.[4] Her performance earned her a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.

In 2006 Rao made her debut in Tollywood, with the Telugu film Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu.[5] Amrita's releases in 2008 include My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves and Welcome to Sajjanpur. Amrita's releases in 2009 are Victory, and Shortkut.

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards


  • 2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for Ishq Vishk
  • 2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Main Hoon Na

Star Screen Awards


  • 2003: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ab Ke Baras
  • 2004: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2007: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Vivah[6]
  • 2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah[7]

Zee Cine Awards


  • 2004: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk

International Indian Film Academy Awards


  • 2004: IIFA Awards, Best Female Debut for Ishq Vishk

Stardust Awards


  • 2004: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2009: Stardust Best Actress Award for Welcome to Sajjanpur

Other Awards

  • 2004: Sansui Awards, Best Debut - Female for Ishq Vishk
  • 2007: GR8 Women Awards, Young Achiever
  • 2007: Anandalok Puroshkar Awards, Most Promising New Talent for Vivah
  • 2007: Sports World Awards, Jodi of the Year along with Shahid Kapoor for Vivah


Year Title Role Other notes
2002 Ab Ke Baras Anjali Thapar/Nandini
The Legend of Bhagat Singh Mannewali
2003 Ishq Vishk Payal Mehra Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award Winner, IIFA Best Female Debut Award
2004 Masti Aanchal Mehta
Main Hoon Na Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Deewaar Radhika
2005 Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi Priya
Shikhar Madhvi
2006 Pyare Mohan Piya
Vivah Poonam Winner, "Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award for Best Actress"
2007 Heyy Babyy
Special appearance in song Heyy Babyy
Athidhi Amrita Telugu film
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Riya
Shaurya Neerja Rathode Cameo appearance[8]
Welcome to Sajjanpur Kamla Winner, Stardust Best Actress Award
2009 Victory Nandini
Short Kut: The Con is On Mansi
Life Partner Anjali Kumar Guest appearance
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Tara's Sister Cameo appearance
The Legend Of Kunal Kanchanmala Pre-production
Hook Ya Crook Anjali Post-production

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