It is no secret that Anushka Shetty has come a long way to be known as one of the sensational, talented, rising stars of Indian Cinema. With the advent of global blockbusters like ‘Baahubali’, ‘Bhaagamathie’ and ‘Rudhramadevi’, and with a career spanning more than 13 years, the rise and rise of Anushka can be attributed to her dedication towards cinema and her knack for perfection, despite having the ample risk factor involved. In her career, Anushka has predominantly featured in Telugu movies and also many Tamil movies, alongside many superstars of today, like Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja, Suriya, etc. to name a few.
From a humble yet banging start in the Telugu blockbuster movie ‘Super’ opposite Nagarjuna in 2005, to the zenith of portraying Rudrama Devi, the 11th century royal of the Kakatiya dynasty, Anushka’s career graph has seen more highs than lows. Her global image as Devasena, the revered warrior-queen in the ‘Baahubali’ franchise has done nothing but catapulted her career to a level from where there’s no turning back. Anushka Shetty has the distinction of being one of the most successful Indian actresses with high-grossing blockbusters both in India and abroad, next only to Sridevi. With this list, we bring to you the top Anushka Shetty movies that she’s featured in so far across Tamil and Telugu cinema, the ones we cherish the most. And mind you, this is not an exhaustive list of all the movies starring Anushka Shetty, so feel free to be disappointed. Here goes,
12. Size Zero (2015)
This Telugu-Tamil bilingual movie was doing rounds in the news at the time of its release for a very odd reason. Apparently, Anushka Shetty for her role as Sweety for the movie had gained approximately 20 extra kilos to get more convincing looks instead of using prosthetics. ‘Size Zero’ is the undying example of Shetty’s commitment towards her roles and characters in the movies and her penchant for perfecting things. The story revolves around an overweight girl who is judged and ridiculed because of her weight and soon she realises she isn’t loved anymore because of her flab. As she embarks on her weight loss journey at a clinic, she uncovers the grave side effects of the weight loss medicines from one of her colleagues. As the movie progresses, she seemingly succeeds in her campaign against the clinic and also in winning her love back.
11. Mirchi (2013)
Anushka’s second movie featuring opposite Prabhas, ‘Mirchi’ is the story of Jai, who tries to bring upon a change to the people he gets along with, and who is in love with Manasa, a girl he saves from marauders. When it is Jai’s time to visit India to the countryside, the twist in the tale occurs and it is revealed that Jai belongs to a rival faction opposed to Manasa’s family and that he was married to a girl named Vennela and that Manasa’s stint was a mere attraction. Family rivalries, land disputes, and countryside visuals – things which aren’t new for a Tollywood film are also a part of ‘Mirchi’. The songs are perhaps the only viable attraction of the movie, along with the short-lived sizzle between Anushka and Prabhas. Still, one can endure ‘Mirchi’ only for Anushka, for her screen presence can render anyone smitten by her appeal.
10. Khaleja (2010)
The premise is set around Raju (Mahesh Babu), a cab driver in Hyderabad who’s currently on a “mission” in Rajasthan, looking for a girl named Subhashini (Anushka Shetty), because he thinks the latter brings bad omen to his cab and to himself. In parallel, a soothsayer predicts that the problems of Pali village in Andhra will come to a definite end when a God-sent man visits their village. Raju’s arrival to the village, followed by his finding of the land and mining mafia and eventually leading to their elimination. ‘Khaleja’ boasts of a typical Mahesh Babu’s flick with ample action-scenes, some lighter moments and a bombastic love story. And so it happens.
9. Vikramarkudu (2006)
This S. S. Rajamouli’s flick was released more than a decade prior to the conception of the ‘Baahubali’ phenomenon and was also remade in Hindi as ‘Rowdy Rathore’ featuring Akshay Kumar. The story follows a dual role of Ravi Teja as Sathi Babu and DCP Vikram Singh Rathod. Sathi Babu is a thief who pulls off small-time heists to make a living. One day, he finds a little girl named Neha inside one of a stolen suitcase. Neha mistakes him for her dad, when one fine day, it occurs to Sathi Babu that he has a similar face to that of Vikram Singh Rathod, the DCP. After Vikram Singh dies due to injuries caused in a brawl with some goons, Sathi Babu takes it upon himself to clean the “trash” left by Bavuji, a corrupt politician and a swindler, while posing as Rathod. Anushka plays Neeraja, Sathi Babu’s love interest. As it might be evident, the movie’s prime focus remains to be Ravi Teja, and Anushka seemingly appears sidelined in a small, yet important role.
8. Yennai Arindhaal (2005)
The Tamil blockbuster hit features Ajith and Anushka Shetty in lead roles. The film begins with Thenmozhi (Anushka Shetty) and Sathyadev (Ajith) seated next to each other in a flight to Chennai. Sathyadev has a tumultuous past and he’s trying to bust an organ trafficking racket, while a few goons are trying to get to Themozhi and Isha – his foster daughter. How Thenmozhi starts developing a likeness for Sathyadev and how he protects his newfound family from criminals is all that forms the core of ‘Yennai Arindhaal’. Anushka’s screen presence is unmissable in this one.
7. Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
The tragic tale of the father-daughter relationship and their unbearable separation from each other can no better be portrayed than ‘Deiva Thirumagal’. The story follows a mentally challenged man named Krishna, who has the mental capabilities comparable with a six-year-old and his daughter Nila, whom he brings up with utmost care and attention after the death of his wife and Nila’s mother during childbirth. As it turns out, Nila’s aunt and maternal grandfather are not in the favour of leaving Nila to the mercy of mentally and financially deprived Krishna and so the separation happens. That follows a lawsuit where Krishna’s side is represented by Anu Raghunathan (Anushka Shetty). Even though Anu has a liking for Krishna, given the case is being for a noble cause, she let’s go of her infatuations and helps him win the case. The performances are the finest and the screenplay is watertight. ‘Deiva Thirumagal’ will leave you searching for your tissues.
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