Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster

Updated: May 01, 2015 07:50 IST

It's taken Anushka Sharma just nine films in seven years to become one of Bollywood's most in-demand actresses

Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
It's taken Anushka Sharma just nine films in seven years to become one of Bollywood's most in-demand actresses. She debuted opposite Shah Rukh Khan and her biggest hit has been with Aamir. She now wears several hats, as both actress and producer. As she turns 27, we take a look at her life in pictures.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka was born on May 1, 1988 in Bangalore to army officer Colonel Ajay Sharma and homemaker mother Ashima. She went to the Army School and then graduated from Mount Carmel College.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka's original choice of career was modeling and she began by walking the ramp for designer Wendell Rodricks at Lakme Fashion Week. She also modeled for brands like Fiat Palio, Silk & Shine and Whisper.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
In 2008, Anushka made a grand Bollywood debut in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan. It was the first of three produced by Yash Raj Films. The film was declared a blockbuster, as was her performance.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Her second Yash Raj movie released in 2010, Badmaash Company opposite Shahid Kapoor. She pushed the envelope as the spunky Bulbul and was singled out for praise by critics.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
In the same year, her last film with Yash Raj, Band Baaja Baaraat opposite Ranveer Singh, released to a warm welcome at the box office and by critics. Anushka's performance as a wedding planner won her the IIFA award for Best Actress.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
In 2011, Anushka appeared in the flop Patiala House opposite Akshay Kumar. While the movie tanked, Anushka received some praise.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka's three-film contract with Yash Raj ended with Band Baaja Baaraat but so successful were they that she was cast in a fourth Yash Raj movie in 2011. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl reunited Anushka with Band Baaja Baaraat co-star Ranveer Singh and was declared a hit.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
In 2012, Anushka appeared in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hain Jaan as ambitious and energetic Discovery Channel reporter Akira opposite her first hero Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. Her performance fetched her a number of awards, including the prizes for Best Supporting Actress at Filmfare and IIFA.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka had one film in early 2013 - Vishal Bhardwaj's satire Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, co-starring Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Shabana Azmi.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
With almost a year between releases, Anushka closed 2014 with the biggest hit of her career - PK, co-starring Aamir Khan, which smashed several box office records.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
The year 2015 began on a good note for the actress who turned producer with NH10. The film, in which Anushka played the female lead, was hailed by critics and did well at the box office.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka will next be seen opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet. She plays a jazz singer in the film.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka will also be seen in Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do this year. The film, which revolvers around the story of a Punjabi family on a cruise trip, also stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Shefali Shah.
Anushka Sharma@27: Band, Baajaa, Blockbuster
Anushka has been dating cricketer Virat Kohli for a while and has sometimes been trolled on social media when Virat underperforms on the pitch. In an interview to NDTV, Anushka said it was 'primitive' to accuse her of being a 'distraction' to Virat.

We wish Anushka a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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