Amrita Rao born on 17 June 1981) is an Indian actress who appears in
Beginning her career as a model, Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002). She then starred in Ken Ghosh's love-story Ishq Vishk (2003) and earned a Filmfare nomination in the "Best Female Debut" category.
Rao was born in Mumbai to a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family. She speaks Marathi, Hindi, English and her mother tongue, Konkani. She attended Canossa High school in Mumbai, and later enrolled in Sophia College to pursue a degree in Psychology. Her younger sister, Preetika Rao, is also a film actress.
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.
She became an overnight star after the success of Ishq Vishk.She got major hit in terms of Vivah(2006).
Rao made her acting debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), and followed that with her (2003) film, Ishq Vishk, in which she portrayed Payal. She followed this up with films Masti (2004) and Main Hoon Na, Deewaar (2004), Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005), Shikhar (2005), and Pyare Mohan (2006). She starred in Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006) opposite Shahid Kapoor. Her performance earned her a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.
In 2007 Rao made her debut in the
Telugu film industry with Athidhi opposite Mahesh Babu. 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
* 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
* 2007: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Shahid Kapoor - Vivah
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
* 2004: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female for Ishq Vishk
* 2009: Stardust Best Actress Award for Welcome to Sajjanpur
* 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
* 2007: Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for Vivah