Very few actresses in Indian cinema have the talent, charisma and superstardom that Anushka Shetty enjoys. The Tollywood actress who is best known in the rest of India as Devasena from Baahubali is a queen in the cinematic and box office sense of the term. In her career of 13 years, she has worked with top actors like Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Ravi Teja and Baahubali Prabhas himself. She has an enviable number of awards in her kitty. While she was a regular heroine for the first four years, her growth as an actress started from 2009’s hit, Arundhati. She followed it up with Vedam and since then veered towards roles that gave her scope to perform. Today, she is proudly called the Lady Superstar of Telugu film industry. Here is a look at five films of the diva you need to watch on her birthday….
It was proved that Anushka Shetty is made for the larger than life canvas with the success of Arundhati. The film was high on fantasy, action and intrigue. She played the dual roles of Arundhati/Jejjamma with immense flourish. Arundhati has been remade in many languages. The striking actress won all the Best Actress awards the following year. It was proof that she can make a film a success with her talent and charisma. And she looked beautiful. It is a film you will love watching if you enjoy fantasy potboilers.
Anushka Shetty made a clean sweep at the awards season in 2010 as well with Vedam. Not in the typical potboiler genre, Vedam was in the Hyperlink genre. She played the part of a prostitute to perfection. The film was directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi (Krish).
This horror-thriller with elements of suspense again proved that Anushka Shetty can carry a film on her shoulders. It grossed more than one million at the US box office making Anushka the only Indian actress after Sridevi to have this record. She played the part of Bhaagamathie and Chanchala with perfection. The actress endured physical hardships for the role proving that she is one helluva perfectionist.
There were so many reasons to adore Devasena. Anushka breathed life into the character of the valiant, royal, dignified, brave princess from a neighbouring land. We loved how she was on par with her man on almost every aspect. It is tough to imagine someone else as Devasena after her spectacular performance.
Gunasekhar directed Anushka in Rudhramadevi. The actress again won all the awards for her role of the warrior princess. Surely, she is the Queen of the Tollywood film industry. The film made Rs 32 crores in the opening weekend. She played the role of a queen from the Kakatiya Dynasty.
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