Anushka Shetty is celebrating her 36th birthday today. She is a rather well-known actress of South Indian cinema and she has gained a lot of national as well as an international fanbase with her portrayal of the fierce and fearless Devasena in Baahubali. Bahubali: The Conclusion brought her closer to her character and we loved the way how she was all about woman empowerment. While we got to know a lot about her on-screen character with the sequel, we are sure you don’t know much about her real life. So, here are some facts about Anushka Shetty that you will find pretty surprising-
1. Anushka is not her real name
While the world knows her as Anushka Shetty today, her real name is Sweety Shetty. Her parents are Prafulla and A.N. Vittal Shetty and she also has two brothers. She changed her first name before entering the world of cinema.
2. Yoga professional
Before Anushka tried her luck in the movie business, Anushka worked as a Yoga instructor. She got trained in Yoga under the renowned Bharat Thakur and after that, she started training people in Yoga professionally.
3. Graduate girl
While Anushka did her schooling from Banglore, she completed her Bachelors in Computer Applications from Mount Carmel’s Girl’s College. This is the same college where Deepika Padukone studied.
4. Meaty roles
Devasena’s character was a feisty one and it suited Anushka perfectly. Perhaps, the reason behind it was that Anushka has played many powerful roles in movies like Super, where she played a biker girl or Deiva Thirumagal, in which she played a lawyer.
5. She went through a major transformation for Bahubali 2
Anushka Shetty gained around 20 kilos for her Telugu-Tamil movie ‘Size Zero’ and when the time came for shooting Bahubali: The Conclusion, the actress had to reduce all that extra weight and that too on a very short notice. Reportedly, she underwent a special weight loss therapy in the US for this.
6. Only actress to work twice with Rajamouli
SS Rajamouli is one of the most brilliant directors of this age and Anushka holds the record of being the only actress who got to work twice with him. She worked with him in Vikramarkudu and now, she got to play Devasena in both the parts of Bahubali (that makes three movies actually!).
7. Highest-paid actress down South
For the second part of Bahubali, Anushka Shetty got a whopping amount of 5 crores. This makes her the highest earning actress of the South Indian film industry.
8. Singham girl
Anushka showed her mean streak once again when she was cast as the female lead in the first part as well as the second part of Singham. With this movie, she proved that any actress can work her magic even in a male-dominated movie.
9. She owns an institute
Not only is she a regular Yoga practitioner, she also started her own Yoga institute. This clearly shows that she loves Yoga dearly and her trainer influenced her a lot.
10. Award winner
Anushka bagged the ‘Nandi Special Jury Award’ and Filmfare Best Actress Award for her power-packed performance in the movie ‘Arundhati’ that came out in the year 2009. This award is considered pretty prestigious.
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