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Athiya Shetty Biography – An Indian Actress & a Nominee of Filmfare Award

Athiya Shetty Biography
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Real Name: Athiya Shetty
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Partner: KL Rahul
Age: 30

Athiya Shetty (born 5 November 1992) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. She is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. Shetty debuted her acting career in the romantic action film Hero 2015 for which she won an International Indian Film Academy Award for Hottest Pair with Sooraj Pancholi and a nomination for the Filmfare award for Best Female Debut. She has since starred in Mubarakan (2017) and Motichoor Chaknachoor (2019).

Athiya Shetty Biography
Athiya Shetty Biography
Athiya Shetty Biography
Born 5 November 1992 (age 30)

Bombay, Maharashtra, India
(present-day Mumbai)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present
Partner KL Rahul
Parent Suniel Shetty (father)
Relatives Ahan Shetty (brother)

Early life

Shetty was born on 5 November 1992 to actor Suniel Shetty and director Mana Shetty in Bombay (now Mumbai). While her father hails from Tulu speaking Bunt community, her mother was born to a Punjabi Hindu mother and a Gujarati Muslim father. She has a younger brother, Ahan Shetty, who also became an actor after debuting in the film Tadap (2021).

Shetty studied at the Cathedral and John Connon School and later shifted to the American School of Bombay. While there, she participated in school plays alongside Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff. She relocated alone to New York City to enroll at the New York Film Academy as she wanted to act in films.

Personal life

Shetty is in a relationship with Indian cricketer KL Rahul since 2018.

Athiya Shetty with KL Rahul
Athiya Shetty with KL Rahul


Shetty made her acting debut in 2015 with the Nikhil Advani-directed romantic action film Hero, a remake of co-producer Subhash Ghai‘s 1983 classic of the same name. Produced by Salman Khan and co-written by Advani and Umesh Bisht, the film earned a total revenue of ₹34.82 crore (US$4.4 million). She portrayed the role of Mumbai-based aspiring dancer Radha Mathur, who falls in love with her kidnapper Sooraj (Sooraj Pancholi), a gangster trying to extort her police chief father, IG Shrikant Mathur. For her portrayal of Radha, she received a Filmfare award nomination for Best Female Debut. Bollywood Hungama, a leading website in India, wrote that ″Shetty needs some more time to improve her acting skills″. After her debut, she became the brand ambassador for the Indian franchise of Maybelline New York and was featured in the Indian edition of high-profile magazine covers such as Cosmopolitan, Verve, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more.

After a brief period of 2 years, Shetty appeared in Anees Bazmee‘s romantic comedy Mubarakan opposite Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, and Ileana D’Cruz. The film, shot in Punjab and London, was a box office hit, though perceived to be a failure, and earned 93.59 crores. In the film, she played the role of a simple Punjabi girl named Binkle Sandhu who falls in love with Charan (Arjun Kapoor) but her wedding is instead fixed on Charan’s twin brother Karan, who wants to marry his love interest Sweety (D’Cruz). Shetty received positive to mixed reviews for her performance in the film, though the film received mixed to negative reviews. She then appeared in a song, “Tere Naal Nachna”, in 2018, composed, written, and sung by Badshah, and featuring newbie singer Sunanda Sharma, for the film Nawabzaade, produced by Remo D’Souza and directed by choreographer Jayesh Pradhan, starring Raghav Juyal, Dharmesh Yelande, and Punit Pathak.

Later on, in 2019, Shetty was cast as Anita “Ani” Awasthi, a young woman who is desperate to settle abroad by marrying an NRI, in Debamitra Biswal’s comedy-drama Motichoor Chaknachoor, opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film opened to mixed reviews.

Shetty is next committed to appearing in footballer Afshan Ashiq’s biopic film, Hope Solo, where she will be seen playing the title role.



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Hero Radha Mathur
2017 Mubarakan Binkle Sandhu
2018 Nawabzaade Herself Special appearance in the song “Tere Naal Nachna”
2019 Motichoor Chaknachoor Anita “Ani” Awasthi
Athiya Shetty Biography
Athiya Shetty Biography

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow (Female) Hero Nominated
Best Jodi Of The Year (Shared with Sooraj Pancholi) Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Debut (Female) Nominated
2016 Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
Most Promising Debut Jodi (Shared with Sooraj Pancholi) Won
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
Jodi No. 1 (Shared with Sooraj Pancholi ) Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year (Female) Nominated
Hottest Pair (Shared with Sooraj Pancholi) Won

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