Adah Sharma an Indian film actress who mainly appears in Hindi and Telugu language films. Sharma, after finishing her schooling, made her acting debut with a leading role in the 2008 Hindi language horror film 1920, a box office success. Her portrayal of a possessed woman in the film was critically praised and earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination. After the release of her critically and commercially successful romantic comedy film Hasee Toh Phasee (2014).
She ventured into the South Indian film industries, where her first six films five in Telugu language the romantic thriller Heart Attack (2014), the drama S/O Satyamurthy (2015), the action comedy Subramanyam for Sale (2015), the romance Garam (2016) and the thriller Kshanam (2016) and one in Kannada the action thriller Rana Vikrama (2015), achieved commercial success and garnered her critical appreciation for her performances. Adah Sharma is a Tamil Brahmin born in Palakkad, Kerala and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father S. L. Sharma, who hailed from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, was a captain in the merchant navy and her mother, a native from Nattupura (bordering Palakkad), is a classical dancer.
Adah did her schooling from Auxilium Convent High School in Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai. When she was in Class X, she had decided to become an actress. She wanted to drop out of school but her parents insisted that she at least complete her schooling. After finishing her Plus Two, she stopped studying. Sharma is a gymnast. She has been dancing since the age of three and has completed her graduation in Kathak from the Natraj Gopi Krishna Kathak Dance Academy in Mumbai. She also learned salsa for four months in the US, besides jazz and ballet and has claimed to be “very good” at belly dancing as well.
Trying to enter in the film industry, Sharma auditioned for several roles in Mumbai, but was rejected either because of her curly hair or because the makers felt that she looked too young. She eventually landed the lead female role in the 2008 Hindi horror film 1920 opposite Rajneesh Duggal and directed by Vikram Bhatt. Her portrayal of a possessed woman was unanimously praised by critics. The Times of India‘s Nikhat Kazmi commented that she “delivers a consummate performance”, while Ashok Nayak from nowrunning.com wrote that she “rocks in her debut with a great performance”.
Other reviewers labelled her performance as “excellent”, “[exceptionally] brilliant”, and “incredibly convincing”. The film was a commercial success, too, Bhatt’s first box office hit after six years and 10 films, and earned Sharma a Best Female Debut nomination at the 54th Filmfare Awards. Three years later, she had her next release, Phhir, again a horror film, which saw her collaborating with Vikram Bhatt, who wrote the film, and her 1920 co-star Rajneesh Duggal.
Phhir, however, was not as well received as 1920, opening to negative reviews, and failing at the box office, with Sharma getting mixed response for her performance. While Sujata Chakrabarti wrote that “not even for a minute does she exude the intensity of being a psychic”, Sify’s Sonia Chopra stated that she was “the only one in the film who can act”. Her third film, the romantic comedy Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke, released another two years later and was a critical and financial failure.
In 2014, Sharma had two releases: Puri Jagannadh’s romance Heart Attack opposite Nithiin, that marked her Telugu debut and a Hindi film Hasee Toh Phasee alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, which released seven days later and featured her in a supporting role.She described her character in the former as “vulnerable, yet extremely sexy” and worked for two months on her Telugu diction. Sharma received positive remarks for her performance in Heart Attack, with The Times of India writing that she “looks like a natural actress and does a decent job” while 123telugu.com felt that she had made a “stunning debut”.
Both films were commercially successful, with Hasee To Phasee ending up as one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2014. Her next two films, the Telugu family drama S/O Satyamurthy, in which she was cast opposite Allu Arjun and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and was directed by Trivikram Srinivas and the Pavan Wadeyar’s action thriller Rana Vikrama, alongside Puneeth Rajkumar and Anjali, her first Kannada project, released on consecutive days in April 2015. Both films were financial successes as well, with the former, having collected over ₹ 80 crore, emerging as one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time in spite of receiving mixed reviews from critics.
For her next film, she was paired opposite Sai Dharam Tej in Subramanyam For Sale, a Telugu romantic comedy . Directed by Harish Shankar, the film was proved to be a moderate success, and Sharma received good reviews for her performance. In 5th edition of Indian Federation for Fashion Development’s India Runway Week, Actress Adah Sharma dazzled in a beautiful lehenga as she walked the ramp for Shravan Kumar. The designer kept the collection region-specific and showcased the lesser known handlooms of the south.
Sharma had three releases in February 2016, both in Telugu language. Her first film, the romantic comedy Garam was directed by Madan and she was cast as the love interest of the character played by Aadi. Her next film was the acclaimed thriller Kshanam where she played the central role of Swetha, who seeks help from her ex-boyfriend (Adivi Sesh). Both Garam and Kshanam received positive reviews upon the releases and proved to be profitable ventures at the Box office India.
Her final release of the year was the romantic comedy Idhu Namma Aalu, her first Tamil film, in which she had a small character and also performed an item number on the song “King Kong”, which topped the charts in South India and her dance moves as well as pairing with Silambarasan was praised. As of March 2016, Sharma has several projects at various stage of productions.In addition, Sharma has started shooting for Commando 2, a sequel to the 2013 film Commando, where she plays the female lead opposite Vidyut Jamwal.