Amrita Rao

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Amrita Rao at the First look launch of 'Singh Sahab The Great'

Amrita Rao (born 7 June 1981) is an Indian actress and model. Rao was born and raised in Mumbai, and made her screen debut in Ab Ke Baras (2002), for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award in 2003. One of her most popular roles was in the romance film Vivah (2006).

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Background

Rao was born in Mumbai. Her father Deepak Rao owns an advertising agency. Her younger sister Preetika Rao is a model and a southern film actor. Rao attended school at Canossa Convent Girls School and graduated from Sophia College with a psychology degree. Rao describes her family as a "very conservative family—a traditional, Hindu, Indian family" and herself as very liberal. Her native language is Konkani; she also speaks Marathi, English and Hindi.

Rao's roles in Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) and Main Hoon Na (2004) earned her a Stardust Best Actress Award and a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination respectively. She has made special appearances in Heyy Babyy (2007), Shaurya (2008), Life Partner (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2010). She has been called "Bollywood's quintessential girl next-door" by various media outlets. Times Of India named Rao one of its 50 Most Desirable Women of 2011.

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