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Anushka Shetty is...
Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress, arguably the busiest actress in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. Most analysts consider her the most in-demand actress in all of south India. She has bagged what are, without question, the biggest-budget films of 2014 (notably Lingaa (2014) and 2015 (especially "Rudhramadevi," which revolves around her character; and "Baahubali")
A graduate in Computer Applications, actress Anushka Shetty has also been a yoga instructor. She first appeared as a leading lady on the silver screen in 2005 in the film Super. Anushka gave her first hit in 2006 with the movie Vikramarkudu, after which she got recognition in the Telugu film industry.
Born on 7 November 1981
Born in Mangalore
Name given by parents: Sweety Shettyu.
Pet Name : Mac
Speaks : Telugu, Tamil, English and Kannada
Mother tongue : Tulu
Weight : 62 kg
Prafulla Shetty, A.N. Vittal Shetty
Anushka was born into the famous Bellipady family which is a sect of the Iyer clan and is greatly respected in their area.
Brothers, both older
Sai Ramesh Shetty,a post-graduate dentist, married to Saloni Rai.
Gunaranjan Shetty,a businessman.
BCA from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore
Eastwood High School, Bangalore
Mainly in Telugu and Tamil films. Debut: Super (2005/ Telugu)
First major hit: Vikramarkudu.
Yoga Teacher. She learned Yoga from the famous Yoga expert Bharat Thakur.
Once Anushka got established as a star she started keeping an extremely low profile, avoiding the media as well as filmland parties. She also turned down an offer from some fans to launch her fan club
Trivia/ Interesting Facts
Before entering into the movie industry, Anushka underwent yoga training from Bharat Thakur and was a professional instructor. She knows how to keep herself fit.
Since she had a fit personality, she made up for a perfect biker chic in her début movie Super starring Nagarjuna. She does look like the girl who can get off the bike and scare other roadies.
Her next big role was that of a pretty girl who falls for the thug who eventually turns his life around and becomes a good cop. In this movie, she is known for being a perky girl who has her own set of pranks.
4. Deiva Thirumaghal
“God’s Own Child” or Deiva Thirumagal, was a critically acclaimed film for it showcases a father who is intellectually challenged. Anushka is the opposing lawyer who eventually learns the about family values and love.
Arundhati is a 2009 Telugu fantasy-horror film that actually put her on the mark. A female-oriented story which showcased as her royal queen who fights the evil.
Vedam revolves around 5 principal characters out of which Saroja played by Anushka wants to escape her life as a prostitute and live a different lifestyle. Anushka made her fans adore her acting skills with that act.
The biggest movie of 2015, Bahubali was another major hit in Anushka’s success bag. The second movie, however, will show the fierce yet powerful Anushka which is bound to remind you of her as Rudramadevi.
Rudhramadevi is a 3D Telugu film based on the prominent Kakatiya Dyanasty ruler, Rudramadevi. She is one of the few queens to have ruled in India, which is what Anushka is in the industry.
Prabhas and Anushka played the lead roles in the movie Billa which is Thala Ajith’s most popular film. Anushka plays the role the side-kick to a don and looks quite sexy.
10. Sing[h]am 1 and 2
The popular Tamil Movie Singham has Anushka play the lead female role. She has shown that even in a male-dominated movie, she can add her own charm to it.
- She is a Pure Vegetarian, but can make delicious prawn dishes
- Her college, Mount Carmel College (MCC) , Bangalore, has produced many other successful Bangalore film heroines.
Krish [RadhaKrishna], director
Anushka Shetty, it was reported, had fallen in love with director Krish [RadhaKrishna] during the shooting of "Vedam". They were going to marry within two years, the buzz said. He however denied the rumours while Anushka maintained a stoic silence. She is one actress who does not like to spill the beans on her personal life. However, later reports said that they both had parted ways. (From Filmy Folks and Bollywood Trends
The media has linked Anushka to several directors and actors including Gopichand, Ravi Teja and Nagarjuna, Bollywood Trends added.
Anushka commented, "At first, I used to worry when media linked me with my co-stars. Now, I find the situation too funny to react".
Then there were rumors that Anushka Shetty had been secretly engaged to Nagarjuna’s son Naga Chaitanya in a ceremony attended by close relatives and family. Both parties declined to comment but sources say that Anushka Shetty wants to keep marriage on hold as she wants to focus on her work at the moment. Bollywood Trends added.
NRI business man
Then Filmy Folks wrote, ‘As per the latest film nagar buzz Anushka is dating a NRI business man, whom she met on the sets of Damarukam. Their relation has first started with friendship and now grown up to love. Apart from her hectic shooting schedule of baahubali movie, she daily makes a video chat with her love life for about two hours. And the business man also gives her tips to maintain her health while shooting.’
Her career, her films
2005: Anushka debuted in Super, with major Telugu leading man Akkineni Nagarjuna. Director Puri Jagannadh happened to see Anushka through another director and she got selected for “Super.” Hindi-Urdu actress Ayesha Takia was the other female lead. Sandeep Chowta’s Music was nominated for the Filmfare Best Music Director Award; the songs were major hits.
Anushka excelled as Sasha, who is madly in love with her girlfriend’s brother, Akhil, an unemployed youth. Now Akhil does not have any romantic feelings for Sasha. He thinks of her only as a friend. The film flopped but Anushka got noticed in this role about unrequited love. She was offered more leading assignments.
She performed the role of Sasha beautifully, who is madly in love with the unemployed hero Akhil, played by Nagarjuna. He doesn't have any romantic feelings for Sasha, his sister's friend, and treats her only as a friend.
Though this was Anushka’s debut film, she was paid Rs20 lakh, which was good by any standards.
2005: She also did ‘Mahanandi’ but the film did not do well at the box office.
2006 was a very productive year for Shetty. She had four releases.
‘Vikramarkudu’ (dir S.S. Rajamouli; music by MM Keeravani): Shetty played Neeraja Goswami. The film saw her acting skills being praised by the critics. Leading man Ravi Teja for the first time acted in a double role: he played a petty thief as well as a police officer. The film was a mega hit. With this film Anushka became one of the biggest Telugu stars: the film got her commercial success as well as critical acclaim. The film was remade in Malayalam as Vikramathithya.
Vikramarkudu was to have been remade in Tamil as ‘Siruthai,’ and to be directed by Suraj. Anushka was to have been the lady love of Karthik Shivakumar. Yuvan Shankar Raja was to have scored the music for the film. However, producers Studio Green dropped the project. They revived it in 2010 with Siva as director and Tamannah as heroine.
2006: Asthram (a remake of the successful Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Sarfarosh’)
2006: ‘Rendu’ (dir: Sundar C), opposite R. Madhavan, was her debut film in Tamil. It was a mild success but not a hit.
2006: Anushka had a special guest appearance in ‘Stalin,’ which saw the directorial debut of A.R. Murugadoss, who went on to become a major director in the Tamil industry
2007: Lakshyam was the no.1 Telugu hit of the year. It was Srivasu’s first film as director and Tottempudi Gopichand played the hero. Anushka was praised for her acting as a cheerful college student who teases the hero outside her home, but is a sensitive girl at home.
2007 ‘Don’ was a very prestigious project for writer, director, choreographer and music director Raghava Lawrence. Once again, Shetty played the main lead opposite Nagarjuna and won acclaim. The film was dubbed into Malayalam as Bhai and into Hindi as Don No. 1. Raghava Lawrence himself d the film and also made his debut as a.
2008: six releases
2008 saw Anushka’s career reach new heights with six releases.
‘Okka Magaadu’: Anushka’s performance as a glamour girl was appreciated. In the film she also sang a song (Ammatho), in her own voice, with Naveen. She played one of three female leads.
Swagatam (dir: Dasaradh) was a big-budget film (with Jagapathi Babu as the hero and Bhumika Chawla as Anushka’s rival in love). Anushka played Shailu, an irritable businesswoman who falls in love with a widower who helps her find new meaning in life. The film was not a commercial success. However, it was received very well by the critics—who praised Dasaradh, Jagapathi Babu and Bhoomika. The film did nothing for Shetty—except for getting her poor reviews.
Chintakayala Ravi (dir Yogesh) was a comedy and Shetty, who played Sunitha, was one of the two leading ladies. Much of the film was shot in the USA and Vishal-Shekhar (major composers from Hindi-Urdu cinema) composed the hit music.
Baladhoor (with Ravi Teja), too, was neither a commercial nor a critical success. Anushka slimmed down for the film, and the director and choreographer of the film thought that if she showed skin the film would be a success. However, the film had a clichéd story, bad direction, lifeless music--and high expectations on the part of the audience, from both Anushka, by then a major star, and Ravi Teja, who had never before delivered such a flop. Anushka’s cheesecake could not attract audiences.
‘Souryam’ (hero: Tottempudi Gopichand) did very well but was not as successful as their previous, Lakshyam.
‘Arundhati’ (directed by Kodi Ramakrishna; produced by M Shyama Prasad Reddy) was a mega hit and changed Anushka’s career forever. She had the double roles of Arundhati and Jejamma in this heroine-oriented fantasy film. More than the title role, it was her performance as Jejamma that got her rave reviews and Awards. The critics hailed a new acting talent. Many major awards came her way. Graphics by Rahul Nambiar left Indian audiences impressed; they had rarely seen technical excellence. Together all this made the film a hit and took Shetty’s career to the very top.
Anushka was now getting Rs.1 crore per film, and acting opposite superstars. She was already one of the highest paid South Indian actresses.
‘Billa’ too received commercial and critical success. Her sizzling performance outshone the ‘buxom bombshell’ Namitha, the other heroine of the film. Anushka was now a ‘bankable’ star. She could effortlessly fit into big- budget as well as serious films.
Anushka’s popularity vis-à-vis other leading ladies was getting embarrassing fortheir hosts. Around this time Anushka and Namitha appeared together on a TV show. Most callers to the TV station wanted to talk to Anushka rather than Namitha. This is said to have got Namitha worried, and she started working on reducing her waistline.
2009: ‘Vettaikkaran’ (prod: AVM Balasubramanian; dir: Babu Sivan) was her second Tamil film; she was paired with the successful Tamil star Ilayathalapathy Vijay. She played a medical student. Tamannaah Bhatia was the other heroine.
2010: This year, too, Anushka had major success.
‘Singam’ (Tamil), opposite Suriya, was the biggest commercial success of the year. The film cemented her position in Tamil cinema.
Vedam: Anushka Shetty played Saroja, a prostitute. Such roles normally bring acting awards, and Shetty got her second Filmfare Award as well as another CineMAA Award.
Panchakshari (Telugu), another heroine-centric film in which she had a double-role.
Khaleja: Anushka’s performance was appreciated.
Ragada: Anushka’s performance was appreciated.
2011 Vaanam was another film that brought in commercial success as well as critical praise.
Deiva Thirumagal was a major hit.
By now Anushka had become a major name in Tamil films as well. She started receiving offers for some of the biggest-budget films being made. A.R. Murugadoss cast her in his next film opposite Vijay.
Then she signed two major Tamil films – Irandam Ulagam (opposite Arya) and an action film with Karthi (she kept the name a secret). In November 2011 she started working in the Tamil ‘Thaandavam’. Two Telugu films followed– Damarukam and Rampachodavaram.
Surprisingly she opted out of Bala Krishna’s ‘ Okka Magadu’ for ‘personal reasons.’
2013: Mirchi (Telugu/ writer, director: Koratala Siva) was an action-romantic film. Anushka played a village girl called Vennela opposite Prabhas. Richa Gangopadhyay was the other female lead. The film was appreciated by critics and did very well at the box office.
Anushka sent messages on Twitter to highlight the plight of Mumbai's Victoria horses. She did this to support the campaign of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
Anushka played the lead in the trilingual Lingaa, the biggest blockbuster from South India till then. The film set new box office records in Chennai city,Tamil Nadu and the USA but did not do as well in AP-Nizam or Kerala. Lingaa (2014) , the most eagerly awaited Tamil film till then, was a success and rewrote some commercial records in TN. However, there were comments about whether there was any chemistry at all between her and leading man, megastar Rajinikanth.
Bilingual Rudhramadevi is a historical drama that also stars Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, , Nithya Menon, Catherine Tresa and Aditi Chegappa. Anushka Shetty plays the title role of Rudhramadevi: the warrior queen , a legendary 13th century princess of the Kakatiya dynasty. Her regal look as a queen has been greatly appreciated and has gone viral.
Playing a sword-wielding warrior came at a price. The actress 'suffered a hairline fracture while filming for the climax episode' of the period drama and shot for around 10 days through intense pain, while refusing a body double.
The actress shot with five rolls of skin-coloured bandage on her wrist and took pain-killer injections to complete the shoot on time. Her commitment has left the whole film unit in awe. The Times of India
Anushka Shetty, who looked somewhat plump in Singam 2 lost around 12 kg, and went on a special diet and fitness regime. She was required to look toned. The Times of India
Rudhramadevi is the first Telugu periodical film releasing in 3D. 3D post production, special visual effects and graphics delayed the release of the film somewhat. The movie is scheduled to release around Sankranthi, 2015. FilmiBeat
Baahubali (dir: S. S. Rajamouli; prod: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni; banner: Arka Media Works), a period film, is being trotted as the biggest-budget (Rs. 100 crore) Telugu film ever. (It was released in three languages.) Anushka plays Devasena, opposite Prabhas. (Tamanna Bhatia plays Avanthika and, reportedly, will form a second romantic couple with Rana Daggubatti; Ramya Krishnan is also in the cast.) Some media have claimed that the film’s budget is Rs175 crore. Rubbish. Even a Hindi-Urdu superhit will find it difficult to recover that kind of money. The Rs.100-crore Lingaa (2014), which stars the biggest Indian star of the moment, struggled to recover the Rs.120 crore that it was sold at.
The first part of the film was released all over India in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu in 2015. The Times of India gave it 3.5 stars.
With luck, director E Niwas might start shooting with Anushka for the multi-starrer "Juvenile" in January 2015. E Niwas has reportedly said, "I have narrated the script to Anushka and she has liked it, but it's in a very initial stage right now. Neither we have confirmed anything nor have we got a confirmation from her end". (From Filmy Folks)
Though she belongs to Karnataka, Anushka Shetty has never acted in a Kannada film. Not that there has been a shortage of offers, including one opposite Darshan, which she declined saying that she did have the required dates.
Writer, director Manju Mandavya has offered her the female lead role in "Masterpiece" opposite the very successful Yash. If Anushka declines they will probably opt for Priya Anand
Yennai Arindhaal.../ Yentha Vaadu Gannie
Writer, director Gautham Menon has managed to create a buzz around his Tamil drama film, produced by A. M. Rathnam, by keeping details about the film, including its shooting, secret. Shooting began in April 2014, some of it at a secret location at which only essential crew such as the cameraman and some light men were allowed. Such restrictions on location have always in the past led to rumours that ‘some intimate scenes [are] being shot.’ They did this time as well. Filmy Folks)
It was first said that the film was called Sathya. The title Aayiram Thottakal was also considered. Then fans of leading man Ajith started calling it Thala 55. Behind Woods, whose readers voted it the 2nd Most Anticipated Film Of 2014, simply calls it the Ajith - Gautham Menon Project. The two men are called the most promising duo of Tamil industry because of their track record. (In the even it was not released in 2014. Pongal 2015 is now being talked about as the likely date.)
Yennai Arindhaal.... seems to be the final Tamil title.
Anushka plays an IT professional in the film Trisha Krishnan is among the other stars of the film and music is by Harris Jayaraj.
Size Zero/ Inji Iduppazhagi
In her 2015 movie, Anushka played the role of a size 12 girl who is quite confident in her style but is unable to find love. For a person who practices Yoga, this role is quite an achievement. Pinkvilla adds: The story of Size Zero was around multiple myths about over weighed women. The film was a decent success but Anushka’s dedication to gain weight and then lose it again put her at the top of the list
2017: Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) and after
Why every woman wants to be Devasena
Anushka Shetty bowled us over with her powerful performance as Devasena in Bahubali 2.
Here’s why every woman wants to be Devasena.
Unapologetic about being herself – She says what she wants to and says it well. It may sting, but she cares two hoots. She believes in speaking the truth and that’s what is most important to her.
Brave and Gutsy – (SPOILER) When her Kuntala Kingdom was attacked, she woke up with a start, but she didn’t cry out for help. Instead she prepared herself and carried her quiver of arrows and bow. Even when her chariot was attacked, she drew out her sword to kill all of them herself. She doesn’t need anybody’s help!
Confidence – (SPOILER) When the Mahishmati Kingdom sent her a world of wealth, she wasn’t too impressed. Instead sent them a fitting reply. Even when she was accused cutting of a the warrior’s fingers, she didn’t bat an eyelid when she was asked why she did so. That scene where she walks with Amarendra to get to the boat. Couldn’t help but applaud her swag! There is an air of surety around her that you want to imbibe yourself.
Feminine yet strong – She sets the perfect example of a feminine woman with a mind of her own. Just because she’s feminine, doesn’t mean she’s delicate! Beneath all that stunning beauty, lies a woman you dare not mess with.
She gets to be marry Amarendra – Of course we want to be Devasena if we can get to marry Amarendra Bahubali – the epitome of royalty, strength and humility!
Baahubali 2 scenes were deleted due to Anushka’s weight?
Anushka Shetty had gained so much weight that the team of editors had to use their snipping tools to camouflage it.
A well placed source told DECCAN CHRONICLE that Anushka was refraining from making promotional appearances for the film as much as she can in order to divert attention from her weight gain. In fact, the actress skipped the trailer launch of the film held in Mumbai.
Acting her age (and weight) but not getting away with it
Comments like Anushka looks 'too mature' and 'too old' have made their way to many reviews and discussions.
The third film in the Singam franchise: Anushka has been part of the franchise since the first film, which released in 2010. Her role has been progressively diminishing since the first Singam and she appears only for a handful of scenes in the most recent outing.
However, many critics have been quick to point out that she looks "too mature", "too old" and even "too fat" or "too bloated" to appear alongside Suriya. At 35, Anushka is one of the few heroines in the Southern industry who still gets to play meaty roles. Since her debut in 2005, she has done a slew of characters, even shouldering films entirely by herself - something not many heroines get to do.
Given the extremely short shelf life that heroines have in the industry when compared to their male counterparts, what Anushka has managed to do is remarkable.
And she has done it because she is a talented and dependable performer. For her film Inji Iduppazhagi (Size Zero in Telugu), which is on the weight loss industry, she took the risk of piling on kilos - nearly 20 kgs - to look the part.
What's more, Anushka has reportedly chosen to lose the weight through natural means without going in for steroids and other shortcut methods (which was the whole point of Inji Iduppazhagi anyway) which are the go-to methods in the film industry.
The response to Anushka's appearance in Si 3 is the reason why more heroines don't take such risks.
A break after Bhagmati?
After five years of continuous work, Anushka Shetty is planning to take a break from movies to spend some time with family.
She has been flying from shooting sets to shooting sets for the past five years and could not take time off for any personal needs, the actress said.
During this period, she worked for Rudhramadevi, Inji Idupazhagi and Baahubali sequels. For Inji Idupazhagi, she increased her weight upto 80 kg but then had to go for intense workouts for Baahubali as her character in this movie demanded a slim figure. Anushka said she also feels like taking some rest after such hectic work schedule
Anushka getting married after Mahaabali
Janani Karthik,TNN | Sep 17, 2014 The Times of India
The Times of India has it on good authority that in 2014 a debutant director met Anushka at the shooting spot of Lingaa (2014) and narrated to her a script. The script was a heroine-centric one, and Anushka loved it. And yet, she did not accept the offer. The reason she gave the director was not the usual one actors dish out of not having dates. In this case, the actress reportedly refused the offer as she's getting married after the shoot of Mahaabali [perhaps Baahubali is meant, both times] and has no plans to work on any film after marriage.
A source in the know says, "It was only because of her marriage plans that she politely declined to work in this film, though she liked the director's script very much. Anushka will be settling down after her shoot for Rajamouli's film is over."
Anushka's husband-to-be, apparently, is not from the film industry, but a businessman. The actress was in 2014 working on Lingaa (2014) with Rajinikanth, Mahaabali and Rudhramadevi.
Retirement in 2015-16?
In an article headlined ‘Anushka’s retirement time confirmed!’ Celeb Explore added, ‘Actress Anushka shetty is already 35 years old [33, actually, in Dec 14 when the article was written] now and she is now preferring to settle down by getting married. It is very widely publicised that Anushka is looking for a US based Businessman and wants to settle down with him after marriage in USA [and after her] high expectational [much anticipated] projects are completed by the end of the year 2015.’
2009 Best Fav Actress Vijay Award -Vettaikaran
2010: Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu - Arundhati
2010: Nandi Special Jury Award - Arundhati
2010: CineMAA Award for Best Actress - Arundhati
Best Actress Santhosham Film Magazine Award 2009-Arundathi
Best Actress SouthScope Award 2009-Arundathi
2010: Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Vettaikkaran
2011: CineMAA Award for Best Actress (Jury) - Vedam
2011: Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu - Vedam
KaliMamani Award from TamilNadu State govt for 2010
Best Actress Cinemaa award 2010-Vedam
Best Actress Santhosham Film Magazine Award 2010-Vedam
2011: Jaya Award for Favorite Actrees - Deiva Thirumagal
2012: Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine - Deiva Thirumagal
2012 Best Heroine Awards TSR Tv9 Awards - Dhamarukam -
She was nominated for Best Actress awards for Singham (Telugu) and Panchakshari.
2018: Bhaagamathie scores at the box office
Bhaagamathie turned out to be one of the biggest Telugu hits of 2018, and one of the Top 50 Telugu hits of all times. Among Anushka’s ‘solo hits’, it surpassed Rudhramadevi, cementing her position as the reigning queen of the Telugu film industry,
2005 Super (debut as heroine)
2005 Freedom of Life
2006 Stalin: Man for the Society
2008 Chintakayala Ravi
2008 Okka Magadu
2008 King (a well received special appearance)
2009: Anushka did the voice-over for an AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS.
2010 Takita Takita (Special appearance)
2011 Deiva Thirumagal
2013 Alex Pandian
2013 Irandam Ulagam
2014 AIDS Vyadhini Nirmoolinchalemu, Nivaarinchagalamu (Video short)
2014 GunaPadutha MuDiyadha NoYirkku VarumMun KaaPadhe NalLadhu (Video short)
2014 Lingaa (2014)
2015 Size Zero
2015 Yennai Arindhaal
2016 Soggade Chinni Nayana
2017 Om Namo Venkatesaya
2017 Singam 3
2017 Baba Sathya Sai
TV and film commercials
Anushka is the brand ambassador of MBS Jewellers and The Chennai Silks.
She has also acted in commercials for Head and Shoulders and Colgate.