Happy Birthday Anushka Sharma – Unknown Facts And Her Life

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Let us begin by wishing a very happy birthday to Anushka Sharma from Bollywood Red and all our readers. Anushka Sharma is one of the top most actresses of our time and today, on the occasion of her birthday today, here are some very interesting facts that you most likely never knew. But for the starters, some facts that are known, but must be stated else the story will never be complete.

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The Sensational Debut

It’s impossible to talk about Anushka and not talk about her sensational debut.

There have been a lot of sensational debuts in Bollywood history, but none like Anushka‘s. Just take the following into consideration and raise another to match up if you can –

  • Opposite Shahrukh Khan
  • Produced by Yashraj
  • Directed by Aditya Chopra
  • Huge commercial success
  • Second highest grossing movie of the year
  • Filmfare nomination for best actress
  • Filmfare nomination for best female debut

Yeah, that was what she got in her first movie, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Even before the movie released, everyone knew well about her. She was already a household name through just the promotions of the movie. Everyone knew her as Shahrukh‘s next heroine and as a really beautiful girl. When the movie did release, she was also known as an actress who held her own beside Shahrukh Khan on the big screen – no small feat for a debutant actress. There could not have been a better launch than that.

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Anushka Sharma and Shahrukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

The Most career defining role ever

Very soon after the movie, Anushka did one of the most career defining roles you will ever see in Bollywood. Band Baja Barat, with the debutant Ranveer Singh cemented her as a permanent fixture in the top circles of Bollywood. She established herself as an excellent actor, dancer and entertainer. And she charmed everyone with her looks and abundant youthful energy.

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Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh in Band Baja Barat

A true businesswoman

Or, shall we say “binnis woman”? Actors turning producers is not uncommon, but to do that at 25 is quite something. Anushka has a business sense in her and she is a natural leader. She already has a production house, though she does not demand to produce every movie she acts in and freely works with her competing producers. She became the youngest actress-turned-producer at 25. She also has started a clothing like called Nush – very clever and classy branding there.

Anushka also became the first Bollywood actress to appear on the Enterpreneur magazine.

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Anushka Sharma on Entrepreneur Magazine Cover

Interesting facts

Anushka is an army brat. Her father is a cornel and her elder brother was in Merchant Navy. He is a film producer now. Anuskha has gone on record saying that being an Army brat played an important role in shaping her as a person and contributing to her life.

I take pride in saying that I am an army officer’s daughter even more than being an actorAnushka Sharma

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Anushka‘s original ambition was not to be an actress

She wanted to be a Journalist or a Model. She chose the later and eventually underwent the natural progression to a career of acting. As a model she was groomed by  Prasad Bidapa. She made her runway debut at the Lakme Fashion Week for designer Wendell Rodricks’s Les Vamps Show. She was also picked to be his finale model at the Spring Summer 2007 Collection.While modeling, she joined an acting school and started modeling.

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I think I was born to emote and act. I would walk down the ramp and smile and they used to say, ‘give us a blank look.Anushka Sharma

When she did her screen test for Yashraj, she flat out refused to do an impromptu one and took a day to prepare. She ended up signing a three film deal with the company. The first one was opposite Shahrukh Khan in Tab Ne Bana Di Jodi and the rest is history.

She did not give up her studies entirely. In 2014 she enrolled for her Master in Economics through correspondence.

She turned a vegetarian and an animal rights activist

Anushka Sharma is an outspoken animal rights activist. She often shares messages on thus issue on social media. In April 2014, she took to Twitter to ask for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai.

In June 2015, she condemned the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, and urged her fans to sign an online petition aimed at stopping it. Other actresses to also raise their voices on the issue were Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha.

Also in 2015, she turned a vegetarian and was named the hottest female vegetarian of 2015 by PETA.

In October 2015, she launched ‘Pawsitivity’, a campaign aimed at sensitising people about the adverse effects of noise, air, water and soil pollution on animals.

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Anushka‘s favorite movies are Her favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Life Is Beautiful (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000), Fish Tank (2009), Jab We Met (2007), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Chak de! India (2007), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Dil Se.. (1998).

Fun fact: Her first movie in theatre was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge.

Anushka also unwisely rejected some roles that went on to do well. Notably  “2 States” and “Ki and Ka”.

She also rejected Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha saying that the role was not meaty enough. The role went to Deepika Padukone


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Anushka was deeply hurt for not winning the filmfare award:

“I cried on my way back home because I felt I deserved it. I was naive. Attending an award function was like going for a college award show, the feeling was that Sab ko mila mujhko nahi mila kind. That year, all the newcomers were given a scroll and I didn’t get even that. I felt like sh*t. I thought I’d get the Filmfare trophy because I had done my calculations. I thought since Asin had already got the Best Actress Award at the Filmfare (South) Awards, she wouldn’t be given a debut award up North. So I wept in the car. My mum was like, what is wrong with you? At another award function, I was backstage. I didn’t get an award there either. I met Mr Amitabh Bachchan and he addressed me by my name. I was surprised. He said he’d seen the film and it was a fabulous performance. He said, ‘Bahut samay ke baad I’ve seen such raw talent.’ That’s when Asin passed by with her award. And I told him, I’ve got my award. These were signs from God that everything would be fine. And it is.” – Anushka Sharma


Fun fact: In an interview, She confessed that Aditya Chopra told her that she was not the most good-looking girl around but that she was talented.

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Always out for a social cause, Anushka auctioned her leather jacket from her debut movie and donated the proceeds to the redevelopment of the flood-ravaged states of Kashmir and Assam.

She is the first Bollywood actress whose film (PK) crossed 300 crore mark at box office.

Anushka was shortlisted for Hollywood’s leading filmmaker Steven Speilberg’s movie based on Indo-Pak relations, along with Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington and Richard Gere. However, Spielberg dropped the plan of making the movie.

Fun Fact: Anushka is a big fan of Kareena Kapoor. She was a fan of Bebo since before she became an actress. In fact watching Kareena‘s Jab We Met inspired her to become an actress.

Related fun fact: She even auditioned for Kareena Kapoor‘s role in “3 Idiots”. This was before her debut in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”.

Anushka does not believe in size zero.

“I have been like this only. This size zero thing is a big myth because the size is actually meant for babies. How will I fit into a baby’s attire? On a serious note, I work for 17-18 hours everyday and sleep for very few hours so do you really feel I can survive being so thin? If I were not fit I would have been hospitalised. I work out everyday and eat consciously. I am just right!”[/su_quote]

Once again, wishing Anushka Sharma a very happy birthday, a great memorable carer in Bollywood and good health.

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