Anushka Shetty , born 7 November 1981, is an Indien film actress, who works mainly in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. Born inMangalore, Anushka started her career as a yoga instructor. It was while teaching yoga, she got an offer to act in films.
She made her acting debut through the 2005 Telugu film Super. She went on to star in a number of Telugu films such asVikramarkudu (2006), Arundhati (2009), Vedam (2010), Rudramadevi (2015), Size Zero (2015) and Baahubali: The Beginning(2015). After starring in a series of high-budget productions, she established herself as one of the leading actresses in Telugu cinema. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the titular character in Arundhati (2009),and as Saroja in Vedam(2010), which fetched her two Filmfare, one Nandi and two CineMAA Awards. In the 2010s, Anushka also achieved success in Tamil cinema with the action films Singam (2010), its sequel Singam II (2013) and Yennai Arindhaal (2015). All three of them were big commercial successes, while her performances in Vaanam (2011), Deiva Thirumagal (2011) and Inji Iduppazhagi (2015) won her critical praise.
She reprised the role she played in Vedam in its Tamil remake, Vaanam (2011), which was also critically acclaimed. Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu said, “Boldness and daring mark Anushka’s role—the actor’s eyes effectively convey joy, helplessness, agony and anger.” A critic from Sify wrote that “Anushka is outstanding as the commercial sex worker as she is able to bring out a life-like performance.” She next starred in A. L. Vijay‘s Deiva Thirumagal. The drama centers on the characters of Krishna (Vikram), anintellectually disabled father and his daughter Nila. The film became a critical and commercial success, fetching her laurels for her portrayal as Anuradha, an advocate.Oneindia stated, “Anushka Shetty’s character in the film had good scope for performance without being glamorous”. She received her first Filmfare nomination in the Tamil category, besides the Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine.