Anushka Sharma enjoyed a glorious beginning in Bollywood with the SRK-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008. Since then, she has constantly grown as an actress as well as a film producer. Moreover, her experiments with unconventional concepts and convincing performances in every film have perfectly proven her acting prowess.
On her birthday, we take a look at some of the most amazing films that the actress has given us and will be giving us in the near future.
1. PK (2014)
Sporting short pixie hair for the first time, Anushka Sharma stood out in the role of a TV reporter in PK. Her character Jagat Janani Sahni aka Jaggu was a smart and courageous woman who befriends a humanoid alien nicknamed PK (Aamir Khan). She is the primary catalyst in helping PK find a stolen object that was key to reuniting him with his peers. The film garnered critical acclaim for its satirical take on societal ills and superstitions.
2. Bombay Velvet (2015)
This period drama, set in 1960s Mumbai featured Anushka Sharma in the role of a jazz singer known as Rosie Noronha. Her vintage looks coupled with her flawless acting skills beautifully highlighted the mysterious shades of her character.
3. NH10 (2015)
NH10 is a highly acclaimed feminist slasher film that reveals the chilling ugliness of honor killings in many parts of India. Anushka’s role was that of Meera, a young woman who is pushed by circumstances to avenge her husband’s murder. Fueled by rage and grief in equal measure, Meera is successful in killing all the men who were involved in the murder.
4. Sultan (2016)
Anushka played the role of a state-level wrestler named Aarfa Hussain in Sultan. A feisty champion, Aarfa goes on to win several international tournaments before taking part in the Olympics. Though her love-life with another wrestler Sultan hits several road blocks, she manages to stand back up on her feet.
5. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
The role of Alizeh Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil allowed Anushka to explore a variety of emotions and portray the intricacies of human relationships beautifully. Her struggle with stage IV cancer in the later half of the movie further highlighted the intensity of her performance.
6. Pari (2018)
Anushka Sharma broke all records with her performance in this demonic horror story. Pari was a refreshing deviation from the most common plots in Bollywood horror films. It explored a totally unconventional concept of children born of human-demon relationships. The role of Rukhsana, one such child, was moving and terrifying at the same time. On one hand, she sent chills down our spines with her supernatural antics and on the other, drove us to tears with her selfless acts of love.
7. Sanju (Yet to release)
Anushka Sharma is playing the role of a lawyer in this upcoming biopic on Sanjay Dutt. The film’s star cast also includes Sonam Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza and Paresh Rawal among others. Ranbir Kapoor is playing the title role.
8. Sui Dhaaga (Yet to release)
Anushka Sharma will appear as Mamta, a simpleton married to a kind-hearted labourer played by Varun Dhawan. The film is based on the concept of Make in India and will bring the two actors together for the first time.
9. Zero (Yet to release)
Zero features Shahrukh Khan in the unusual role of a dwarf and Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif are playing the leading ladies. The movie reunites the Jab Tak Hai Jaan trio and Anushka will again surprise us with her performance of a mentally-challenged girl.