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Anushka Sharma

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Anushka Sharma; Born May 1, 1988 is an Indian actress and producer working in Hindi films. One of India's most popular and highest-paid actresses, she has won several awards, including the Filmfare Award. She has appeared on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 since 2012 and has been on Forbes Asia's 2018 Top 30 Under 30 roster.

Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, Sharma received her first modeling assignments in 2007 at fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a model. She made her acting debut against Shah Rukh Khan in the highly successful romantic film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and starred in Yash Raj Films' romance bands Baaja Baaraat (2010) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). .

Playing an ambitious filmmaker in the latter, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Sharma was praised for acting as a woman with a strong will in the crime thriller NH10 (2015), dramas'Dill Dada Knedo (2015)','Addil High Moo Skill (2016)', and'Chat (2018)'. Her top earnings came along with the sports drama Sultan (2016) and Raj Kumar Hirani's religious satire PK (2014), and biography Sanju (2018).

Sharma is the co-founder of the production company Clean Slate Filmz and has produced several films, including NH10. She is an ambassador for several brands and products, designed her own women's clothing line named Nush, and supports a variety of charities and organizations, including gender equality and animal rights. Sharma is married to cricketer Virat Kohli.

Anushka Sharma was born on May 1, 1988 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer, and her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a housewife. Her father is from Uttar Pradesh and her mother is Garhwali. Her older brother was filmmaker Karnesh Sharma, who previously served in the Merchant Navy. Sharma said being a soldier played an important role in shaping her as a person and contributing to her life. In an interview with The Times of India in 2012, she said, "I take pride in being the daughter of a military officer rather than an actor."

Sharma grew up in Bangalore. She was educated at the Army School and received an art degree from Mount Carmel College. She originally wanted to pursue a career in the field of modeling or journalism and had no desire to become an actress. After graduation, Sharma moved to Mumbai to pursue a modeling career. She is enrolled in Elite Model Management and is groomed by style consultant Prasad Bidapa.

In 2007, Sharma made her runway debut at Lakme Fashion Week for designer Wendell Rodricks' Les Vamps Show and was selected as his finale model in the Spring Summer 2007 collection. Since then, she has run campaigns for the brands Silk & Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio. Sharma later said, "I think I was born to express emotions and to act. As they walk down the ramp and smile, they used to say,'Give us a blank look.' It was really difficult without laughing." While modeling, Sharma told Acting School Joined and started auditioning for film roles.

Sharma has been vegetarian since 2015. The Times of India named her one of "Bollywood's Most Popular Vegetarian Celebrities". She has also been named "Person of the Year" several times by Animal Ethical Treatment (PETA). She is an avid practitioner of transcendental meditation. Sharma confesses that she is a victim of anxiety disorder and is seeking treatment.

Sharma, a practicing Hindu, is a follower of Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram in Haridwar with his family. Ashram is led by Maharaj Anant Baba, the spiritual guru of the family, and the actress regularly visits Ashram. Sharma's romantic relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli attracted considerable media coverage in India, but he was reluctant to talk openly. The couple got married on December 11, 2017 in Italy. As of August 2020, we are waiting for our first child.

In September 2013, Sharma took part in a fashion show held in honor of the deceased film director Yash Chopra and hung the lamp. She attended the opening ceremony of the 2015 Indian Premier League in Kolkata, along with other celebrities including Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Farhan Akhtar and composer Pritam.

In addition to acting, Sharma supports several charities and causes. She walked the ramp to support the Mijwan Welfare Association of Shabana Azmi, a non-governmental organization that empowers women. In 2013, along with other Bollywood actors, they promised to support the education of Indian girls as part of NDTV's "Our Girls, Our Pride" fundraising event. That same year, she appeared alongside other celebrities in advertisements produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India, raising awareness of the'right to education' for children.

In December 2014, Sharma auctioned off a leather jacket worn by eBay's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and proceeds were used to redevelop Kashmir and Assam, devastated by the flood. Sharma also took the lead in a campaign to raise donations for earthquake victims in Nepal in April 2015. She supported the annual Mumbai Film Festival and donated money in return in 2015. Sharma has spoken in the film industry about the wage gap for actresses when compared to male actors. In 2016, she supported India's first transgender band, 6-Pack Band (starting with Y-Films) and provided voice in her first single "Hum Hain Happy".

Sharma also claimed animal rights on social media. In April 2014, she went to Twitter to request a ban on wagons in Mumbai. In June 2015, she criticized China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival and urged fans to sign an online petition to stop it. In October 2015, she launched'Pawsitivity', a campaign that sensitizes people to the adverse effects of noise, air, water and soil pollution on animals. In October 2017, Sharma launched her own clothing line called Nush.

"The best part of [Sharma's] stardom is that she doesn't have a star trap," said Priya Gupta of The Times of India. Firstpost's Kalpana Nair said: “Actresses like Sharma are largely conservative and respected in a male-dominated industry, and let us publicize the fact that our fanbase grows when we play a different role and walk with Spring in our steps.” Forbes Samar Srivastava, who writes for her, added that she was "not afraid." "You will find it difficult to associate Sharma with the stereotypes of mainstream women." The Times of India announced that "... she never goes away from conveying [her opinion]."

Sharma has appeared on Rediff.com's "Bollywood's Best Actors" list of bands Baaja Baaraat (2010) and NH10 (2015). She was also included in the 2012–13 "Bollywood Best Dressed Actresses" list. She was ranked 5th on The Times of India's "Most Desirable Women" list in 2011.

Since 2012, she has appeared on Forbes India's Celebrity 100, a list based on the income and popularity of Indian celebrities. In 2018, she ranked 16th with an estimated annual income of £45.83 (US$6.4 million) and became the third highest-paid actress and female celebrity in the United States. Sharma maintains a Twitter account and has an official Facebook page. She is counted as one of the most popular Indian celebrities on social media. In 2015, she starred in The Huffington Post's "100 Most Influential Women on Twitter." That same year, she was also on the Times Celebex list of Bollywood stars in the highest box office collection.

In 2016, she appeared on The Times of India's Hindi film star's'Most Engaging on Twitter' list. Filmfare magazine's 2015 fashion poll voted her as "Amazing with Androgyny" and said "... she's pioneered a niche for her easy neat high street style." She was also featured on Verve magazine's "Best Dressed 2015" list. In 2018, Sharma was named Forbes Asia's Top 30 Under 30 List and Fortune India's "Most Influential Women in 50 Companies" In 2019, she appeared again on Fortune India's list of "50 Most Powerful Women in Business". Sharma is a celebrity advocate of a wide range of brands and products, including TVS Scooty, Nivea, Elle 18 cosmetics, Bru coffee and Pantene.

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