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Anushka Sharma, who celebrates her birthday today, has been in the industry for over a decade now. Commencing her career with the Aditya Chopra directorial, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), the actor has truly carved a niche for herself in Hindi Cinema with some soaring and scintillating performances.

Films like Band Baaja Baarat (2010), NH10 (2015), Sultan (2016), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) and Phillauri (2017) are big affirmations of her blazing versatility.

She also happens to be the youngest film producer in cinema today. Clean Slate Films, her production house jointly owned by the actor and her brother, has already established its foothold in the industry for creating and building content-driven films.

Personally, she has always been fearless and forthright about the rampant discrimination prevailing in the industry. For instance, in one of her interviews, she eloquently spoke about how female actors are continued to be payed much lesser than their male co-stars, despite pouring the same bulk of passion and perseverance. She also added how they are continued to be provided comparatively smaller rooms during outdoor shoots, just because of not being an equally big star as your films’ heroes.

Never to take brickbats and witticisms sternly, Sharma has always tackled social media trolls with grace and respect. Heavily critiqued for her look in Bombay Velvet (2015) on Karan Johar’s show, Koffee With Karan, the actor meticulously explained to the entire world how she was undergoing some physical preparations and had to look a certain way to perfectly fit into her character.

She was also in the news for her alleged relationship with Indian Cricketer, Virat Kohli.
Unfairly lambasted for his dismal performance during the World Cup 2015, she maintained a dignified silence even then, showing a remarkable trait of fine maturity.

And most crucially, during the promotions of her juggernaut, Sultan, when Salman Khan equated his experience of working on the film to a sexually assaulted woman, she was one of the only few voices in the industry that expressed displeasure and disappointment to his nonsensical and balderdash statement.

All in all, Anushka Sharma is unarguably one of the most exceptional and exquisite actors of her generation. With Phillauri already piercing right into the audiences’ hearts, she’s all prepped-up to be seen next in the Imtiaz Ali unnamed romantic drama, co-staring Shahrukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

So should we assume 2017 could be her year ?

Well, why not. I