Sweety Shetty (born 7 November 1975), known by her stage name Anushka Shetty, is an Indian actress and model who predominantly works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She has received several accolades, including three CineMAA Awards, a Nandi Award, TN State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards from eight nominations.
She made her acting debut with the 2005 Telugu film Super, which garnered her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress – Telugu nomination. The following year, she starred in S. S. Rajamouli’s Vikramarkudu, which went to become a major commercial success. Her further releases Lakshyam (2007) and Souryam (2008), and Chintakayala Ravi (2008) were also box office successes. In 2009, Shetty played dual roles in the dark fantasy Arundhati, which garnered her critical acclaim and several awards, including her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, Nandi Award, Cinemaa Award for Best Actress. The following year, Shetty’s portrayal of a prostitute in the acclaimed drama Vedam won her a second consecutive Best Actress Award from Filmfare and CineMaa Award. Following the success of a series of films, she established herself as one of the leading actresses of Telugu cinema.
In the 2010s, Shetty also achieved success in Tamil cinema with starring roles in the action films such as Vettaikaran (2009 film), Singam (2010), Singam II (2013), Yennai Arindhaal (2015), and Si3 (2017), all of which were major commercial successes. She continued to draw praise from critics with her leading performances in the dramas Vaanam (2011), Deiva Thirumagal (2011) and Inji Iduppazhagi (2015). She portrayed the titular Queen in the 2015 epic historical fiction Rudramadevi, which won her the third Filmfare Award for Best Actress- Telugu. Shetty’s portrayal of Princess Devasena in the Baahubali series (2015–17) received widespread acclaim. While The Beginning (2015) is the fourth highest-grossing Indian film, its sequel The Conclusion (2017) was the highest-grossing Indian film of all time and also made her the highest-paid actress in South Indian Cinema.