Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma has come a long way from her modelling days. Having appeared in half a dozen commercials and debuting opposite Shah Rukh Khan, to acting in the last Yash Chopra-directed flick, this girl-next-door is surely and steadily ascending the ladder. On her 26th birthday we tell you why she is the most-sought after actress in Bollywood today.
Not afraid to experiment: Time and again Anushka Sharma has surprised us with her onscreen appearances. The actress is not afraid of trying something new. Her debut film, 'Rab De Bana Di Jodi' saw her opposite Shah Rukh Khan where she played the beautiful and vivacious Taani Gupta. The film did well and was declared a super hit.
Her next big film was 'Band Baaja Baarat’ with her then rumoured beau Ranveer Singh where she played the quirky and intelligent wedding planner, Shruti Kakkar. Anushka's latest hit Yash Chopra-directed ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ saw the actress playing a filmmaker.
Taking on new roles: Anushka Sharma has her hands full these days with her upcoming projects. She is part of Rajkumar Hirani's 'P.K' opposite Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan.
Next, she will also be seen in Anurag Kashyap's periodic romance, 'Bombay Velvet' opposite Bollywood's heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor.
And apart from acting, Anushka is donning a producer’s hat for her next starrer, ‘NH10’ and has become the youngest producer in Bollywood.
Not typically Bollywood: Unlike most of today’s kids in showbiz, Anushka Sharma has made it big without having a Godfather in Bollywood. The actress landed her big break in Yash Raj Films and everything seems to have worked out perfectly well due to her hard work and dedication.
Natural: Anushka Sharma is a natural in front of the camera. Not only does she seem totally at ease be for photo shoots or films, but the actress loves the camera and vice versa.
Bubbly: Anushka Sharma is an absolute delight to watch being interviewed. Her easy personality and fun bubby charm translates beautifully onto her characters.
Sense of style: In terms of style, Anushka Sharma is more of a no-fuss gal, but when the occasion demands, she knows just how to glam it up.
She looked stunning in a white Roberto Cavalli gown that she wore to the 2013 IIFA Awards.
Another award ceremony that year saw her go stylish in a black ruffle Armani gown.
But our absolute favourite was the yellow Victoria Beckham evening gown she donned to the Filmfare Awards in 2013.
Beautiful: Apart from being highly talented, Anushka Sharma is quite pleasing to the eye. Her wide smile, twinkling eyes and long dark hair is what we term as the typical Indian beauty.
Good body: Anushka works hard to keep in shape and it surely pays off well. The actress flaunted her rocking bod in a bikini for 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl'. Anushka is also known to dance regularly as part of her cardiovascular workout.
Smart: This B-Town lass is a great combination of beauty and brains. Anushka studied in Army School and graduated with specialization in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
Dazzling smile: Anushka Sharma is everyone’s favourite girl next-door. With her infectious smile and carefree laughter the vivacious actress has surely won her fans over.