Actor Anushka Sharma on Saturday celebrated her 33rd birthday. Several celebs including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others, wished her on social media platforms. This will be Anushka’s first birthday after she and her husband Virat Kohli became parents to daughter Vamika.
Anushka and Virat welcomed Vamika in January. In February, Anushka opened up about embracing parenthood while revealing her daughter’s name. “We have lived together with love, presence and gratitude as a way of life but this little one, Vamika has taken it to a whole new level! Tears, laughter, worry, bliss – emotions that have been experienced in a span of minutes sometimes! Sleep is elusive but our hearts are SO full. Thanking you all for your wishes, prayers and good energy,” she said.
Anushka – Definitely A Crowd Puller
The Bollywood industry churns out a record number of films every year. A lot of leading actors and actresses feature in these films. But interestingly, only a select few actors out of these can be called crowd pullers. The unfortunate fact is that when it comes to actresses, the number is even less. Till the 90s and early 2000s, we had a lot of actresses whose presence added a lot to the film’s buzz. At present, we have a handful of heroines that fit in this category. And one such artist is Anushka Sharma, who turns 33 today. A conversation on present-day popular actresses of Bollywood is incomplete without her. She’s mentioned in the same breath as Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt.
Only actress with 3 $4.05 crore grossers
And why not? She has worked in 19 films and her box office track record is praiseworthy. Three of her biggest hits were with a Khan each – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (with Shah Rukh Khan), PK (with Aamir Khan) and Sultan (with Salman Khan). She is the only actress to have 3 films in the Rs. 300 crore club – PK, Sultan and Sanju. Her films like Band Baaja Baaraat, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil were not huge box office grossers. But she was highly memorable in each of these films and it contributed significantly to her fan following. In fact, her performance in Band Baaja Baaraat is one of the most memorable performances by a female actor in a long time.
First To Jump Into Production; Launchpad For Talented Newcomers
However, she is adored and respected not just for her box office success but also for many other factors. She emerged as a trendsetter multiple times. Today, many actresses have got into film production. But in 2014, she was the first among her contemporaries to do so. Her first production, NH10 (2015), was a gritty thriller and gave her a chance to do unconventional cinema. Last year, she received a lot of applause as she unveiled her first web series, Paatal Lok. The Amazon Prime original is easily one of the most watched Hindi shows of all time and it made Jaideep Ahlawat into an overnight sensation.
Which brings us to another USP of Anushka – she gives genuinely talented people a chance to shine. Paatal Lok was followed by the Netflix original film, Bulbbul, which was headlined by a relatively new actress, Tripti Dimri. Her upcoming OTT film, Qala, also features Tripti and serves as the debut vehicle of Irrfan Khan’s son Babil. She also launched new directors like Prosit Roy, Anshai Lal and Anvita Dutt.