Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31

Updated: April 30, 2019 23:22 IST

Anushka Sharma, who is best known as the bubbliest of Bollywood actresses, blows out 31 candles on her birthday cake today

Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka Sharma, who is best known as the bubbliest of Bollywood actresses, blows out 31 candles on her birthday cake today. As she turns a year older today, here's a pictorial look at her journey so far. Anushka Sharma, married to cricketer Virat Kohli, is best known for films such as Band Bajaa Baaraat, NH10, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and many more.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.

This image was posted in Instagram by Anushka Sharma
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka Sharma married cricketer Virat Kohli on December 11, 2017 in Tuscany, Italy. Anushka and Virat wore Sabyasachi couture for all functions.

They went for their honeymoon in an undisclosed snow-capped location and their first post wedding picture (right) broke the Internet

These images were instagrammed by Anushka Sharma
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka's original choice of career was modelling and she began by walking the ramp for designer Wendell Rodricks at Lakme Fashion Week. She also modelled for brands like Fiat Palio and Silk & Shine.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
In 2008, Anushka made a grand Bollywood debut with 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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
In 2011, Anushka appeared in the flop Patiala House opposite Akshay Kumar. The movie tanked at the box office but Anushka received some praise.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
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.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Next, Anushka was seen co-starring with Ranbir Kapoor in Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet. She played a jazz singer in the film.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka was also seen in Zoya Akhtar's family drama Dil Dhadakne Do. The film, which revolves around the story of a Punjabi family on a cruise trip, also starred Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Shefali Shah.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
2016 was an exceptionally successful year for Anushka. She first played the role of wrestler in Salman Khan's Sultan and later starred in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Both films got rave review and set the cash registers ringing from Day 1. Anushka's performance was also applauded.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
In 2017, Anushka produced another film titled, Phillauri. She featured as a ghost bride in the film co-starring Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma. Phillauri won critical acclaim, especially for Anushka's bold decision to back a lesser explored category.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
The same year she reunited with Shah Rukh Khan for Imtiaz Ali-directed Jab Harry Met Sejal. It turned out to be a box office turkey.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka started 2018 on a scary note with horror film Pari. Anushka played the double role of a victim of domestic abuse and a ghost.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka Sharma's next film Sanju - the Sanjay Dutt biopic - turned out to be a superhit. She played the role of a journalist in the movie, which starred Ranbir Kapoor in the lead and Sonam Kapoor.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Next up was Sui Dhaaga, in which she played the role of a village bumpkin, trying to set up her own textline business amidst cut-throat competition. Both Anushka and Varun Dhawan's performances were appreciated.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Anushka Sharma was last seen in Zero, in which she co-starred with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film turned out to be a box office dud.
Happy Birthday, Anushka Sharma! Band Baaja Baaraat x 31
Here's wishing Anushka Sharma a very happy birthday.

This image was posted in Instagram by Anushka Sharma

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