Amrita Rao form born 17 June 1981), also known by the mononym Amrita, is an Indian film actress and model. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood as well as a few films in Telugu. Born and raised in Mumbai, Rao made her screen debut in Ab Ke Baras (2002). She rose to prominence as the lead actress in Ishq Vishk (2003) and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her role. One of her most critically acclaimed roles was in the blockbuster romance Vivah (2006).Roles in Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) and Main Hoon Na (2004) earned Amrita a Stardust Best Actress Award and Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination. Her subsequent films included Masti (2004), Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, (2005) Jolly LLB (2013), Singh Sahab the Great (2013) and Satyagraha (2013). Amrita made special appearances in films like Heyy Babyy (2007), Shaurya (2008), Life Partner (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2010). She has been cited as Bollywood's quintessential "Girl Next Door" by various media outlets, a title for which she has received substantial publicity. Amrita has been named one of Times Of India's "50 Most Desirable Women of 2011."