Adah Sharma is 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 a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination. After the release her romantic comedy film Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), she ventured into the South Indian film industries, making films in Telugu.
Trying to enter in the film industry, Sharma auditioned for several roles, 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 2009 Hindi horror film 1920 opposite Rajneesh Duggal, 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”, lie 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.
Sharma had three releases in February 2016, two of which were 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). 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. Her next release was the thriller Commando 2, a sequel to the 2013 film Commando: One Man Army, where she plays the female lead role of an inspector opposite Vidyut Jamwal. Commercially, the film was an average-grosser. In 2020, she played the role of a transgender woman in a MX PLAYER webseries tittled, Pati patni aur panga.
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