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Amrita Rao Biography


Amrita Rao was born in mumbai, to a well-to-do Saraswat Brahmin family, on June 7th 1981. In Sanskrit ‘Amrita’ is a drink which gives you immortality. This model-turned-actress has got the talent and beauty to be immortal in viewers mind.

Amrita never really dreamed to be an actress because she though, with no contacts in the film industry, it would be a tough battle, if she wants to establish herself there. But not only has she made it to Bollywood, she is widely considered as the next big thing. Though she is just ten films old, she has already got a Sooraj Barjatya film under her kitty. Her beauty bowled over acclaimed international painter M.F Husain and inspired him to make a series of painting of her and her film ‘Vivah’.


It all started when, while studying psychology Sophia College in Mumbai, she auditioned for ‘Fairever Cream’ and to her surprise, got selected from among 60 other contestants. The close-up Ad campaign followed and it became a big success and she got loads of offers after that. Within a year, she became one of the most sought-after models in India.

Her Cadbury’s Perk and Nestle Bru Coffee advertisements fetched her offers from top directors, but she was apprehensive at first, as she wanted to complete her studies. After completing her studies, she signed Raj Kanwar’s ‘Ab Ke Baras’ which was also Raj Babbar’s son Aarya’s launch vehicle. The film didn’t do as well as expected, she got an offer to act in a historical film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘The legend of Bagath Singh’, even though it was a small role.

‘Ishq Vishk’, with Shahid Kapur became a huge hit and earned her girl-next-door image. She also won the best debutante award from Filmfare, Stardust and IIFA for the movie. She followed up the success with ‘Masti’, a sex-comedy and ‘Main Hoon Na’. ‘Main Hoon Na’, which had Shah Rukh Khan, gave her worldwide popularity. She also did ‘Deewaar’, ‘Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi’, ‘Shikhar’, and ‘Pyare Mohan’.

‘Vivah’, the Sooraj Barjatya movie is a big turning point of her career. Not only is the film a big success worldwide, she has gained a huge fan following of all ages through the film. She and her co-star in the film, Shahid Kapur is considered the most happening pair after Shah Rukh Khan- Kajol.

The best thing about Amrita is that not only is she beautiful and talented, she has no hang-ups and is very down-to-earth, which makes her easy to work with. She has two films lined-up - ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’ and Telugu film ‘Athidhi’. After ‘Vivah’ she has lots of offers coming her way, but like before, she is taking it slow, waiting for the right scripts, because she knows ‘Slow and steady wins the race!’

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