Anushka Sharma’s Decade: Her Bollywood Journey from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi to Pari

By Neha Jha

Mar 1, 2018

Anushka Sharma has completed a decade in the industry now. With the release of her upcoming movie Pari, which is touted to be a supernatural thriller and the second film from her production house, the bubbly actress has made huge strides in Bollywood before she even turned 30!

Reinventing and experimenting with herself has been the key to her success so far. We take a look at the 10-year-long journey of the sweet and ambitious Anushka Sharma.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

She made her debut with the Yash Raj Banner film opposite Shah Rukh Khan. This remains a dream debut for most aspiring actors. Anushka Sharma made sure her performance was worthy enough to be noticed. And, it did happen. The actress, who was in her early 20s at the time, made people sit up and take notice. She not just won best debut awards, but also went on to work with a myriad of actors.


Though her role was criticised for being sexist towards the end of the film, Anushka did train herself to suit the part of a wrestler. The film was a super successful one grossing more than 300 crores at the box office. Anushka admitted to having developed apprehensions about her lean physique and accent in order to convince people of her role in the film. It all worked out well for everyone.

Dil Dhadakne Do

This Zoya Akhtar directorial had an ensemble cast and Anushka had just a cameo appearance in the film. However, she made her presence felt in the movie where she played a vibrant and rebellious dancer who is reluctant to compromise for love. Her character inspires Ranveer Singh’s character in the film to speak out against the hypocrisy surrounding his dysfunctional family.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil-

Directed by Karan Johar, this was her first film with Ranbir Kapoor and also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a pivotal role. Anushka played Alizeh, a bubbly yet headstrong girl, who doesn’t let her friendship with Ayan get ruined after he falls for her. The one-sided love story saga earned more than 100 crores at the BO and Anushka received appreciation, not just for her performance, but her style statement.


Her debut as a young producer was impressed with this unusual film dealing with a social stigma. The controversial subject of Honour killing was dealt with in this thriller where Anushka plays Meera, a girl who gets entangled in a web of honor killing case after witnessing one herself. The film was a sleeper hit and Anushka won a nomination for Filmfare Best Actress.


Her second venture as a producer, Anushka Sharma impressed everyone by turning producer in just 10 years of her arrival in Bollywood. She played a friendly ghost who accidentally gets entangled with Suraj Sharma’s character in the film after he is forced to marry a tree her ghost resided in to break his Manglik impact. The film dealt with superstition and love in the pre-independence era. Though it could not impress the audience much, Anushka did manage to lay a strong foundation.

Jab Harry Met Sejal

Anushka played a Gujarati in this film opposite her first co-star SRK. However, the weak script, coupled with bad word-of-mouth and poor critical opinion, marred the film’s performance at the box office. The Imtiaz Ali film could garner only Rs 64 crores at the box office.

With Pari set to release this Friday, Anushka is going for reinvention and experimentation again. Eagerly awaiting to see the fate of Pari, Not a Fairy Tale.

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