Athiya Shetty (born 5 November 1992)[1] is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. She is the daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. She debuted in the romantic action film Hero for which she received a Filmfare award nomination for the Best Female Debut.[2]

Athiya Shetty
Athiya Shetty attends the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 (12) (cropped).jpg
Shetty at the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018
Born (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 27)
EducationCathedral & John Connon School
American School of Bombay
Years active2015–present
Parent(s)Suniel Shetty
Mana Shetty
RelativesSee Shetty family

Early lifeEdit

Shetty was born on 5 November 1992 to actor Sunil Shetty and director Mana Shetty in Mumbai.[3] While her father hails from Tulu speaking Bunt community,[4][5] her mother was born to Punjabi Hindu mother and a Gujarati Muslim father.[6] She has a younger brother, Ahan Shetty.[7]

Shetty studied at the prestigious Cathedral and John Connon School and later shifted to the American School of Bombay.[8] While there, she participated in school plays alongside Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff.[9] At the age of 18, she relocated alone in New York City to enroll at the New York Film Academy as she wanted to act in films.


2015-present: Debut and career strugglesEdit

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 Bist, the film earned a total revenue of 33.37 crore (US$4.7 million).[citation needed] 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 Filmfare award nomination for the Best Female Debut.[10] Bollywood Hungama, a leading website of India, wrote that ″Shetty needs some more time to improve her acting skills″.[11] After her debut, she became the brand ambassador for the Indian franchise of Maybelline New York[12] and featured in the Indian edition of high-profile magazine covers such as Cosmopolitan, Verve, Harper's Bazaar and many more.[13][14][15]

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 with 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 "Annie" Awasthi, a young woman desperate to go abroad, in Debamitra Biswal's comedy drama Motichoor Chaknachoor, opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui.[16]

Shetty is next committed to appear in footballer Afshan Ashiq's biopic film, Hope Solo, where she will be seen playing the title role.[17]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
2015 Hero Radha Mathur Nikkhil Advani [18]
2017 Mubarakan Binkle Sandhu Anees Bazmee [19]
2018 Nawabzaade Cameo Jayesh Pradhan Special Appearance in the song "Tere Naal Nachna" [20]
2019 Motichoor Chaknachoor Annie Debamitra Biswal [21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2015 N/A Vogue Beauty Awards Face To Watch Out For Won
Hero Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow (Female) Nominated
Best Jodi Of The Year (Shared with Sooraj Pancholi) Won[22]
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[23]
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


  1. ^ KBR, Upala (8 November 2010) (8 November 2010). "Sunil Shetty had a swell Diwali". Mid-Day. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty bag best debut at Dada Saheb Phalke awards". mid-day. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Acting with dad will be weird: Athiya Shetty". 20 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Tuluvas hardworking: Sunil Shetty". 12 December 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  5. ^ Gupta, Priya (7 May 2014). "Mumbai girls were safe when Balasaheb was alive: Suniel Shetty". Times of India. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  6. ^ FPJ Web Desk (11 August 2018). "Suniel Shetty Birthday Special: Amid politics of religion, Suniel-Mana interfaith love story is one for the ages". The Free Press Journal. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Athiya Shetty says her brother Ahan Shetty's hard work inspires her". Times Now. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Athiya Shetty: Lesser known facts". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Athiya Shetty: My grandfather is larger than life for me as he has never discriminated between a boy and a girl". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty bag best debut at Dada Saheb Phalke awards". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Hero Review". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ Marwah, Navdeep Kaur (9 February 2014). "Athiya is definitely debuting opposite Sooraj: Suniel Shetty". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ "7 Times Athiya Shetty's Style Was On Point". cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Check out: Athiya Shetty on the cover of Harper's Bazaar India". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  15. ^ "GETTING TO KNOW ATHIYA SHETTY". 26 May 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya Shetty kick off Motichoor Chakna in Bhopal". Mumbai Mirror. 23 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Athiya Shetty's Afshan Ashiq biopic to roll in December". Times of India. 30 September 2018.
  18. ^ Press Trust of India (15 July 2015). "'Hero' actors Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty join Twitter". Business Standard India. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  19. ^ "Mubarakan actor Athiya Shetty reveals 'biggest disadvantage' of being star child". Indian Express. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Athiya Shetty rocks to Badshah's new song from Nawabzaade, Tere Naal Nachna". Hindustan Times. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty film is a laugh riot". India Today. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Stardust Awards 2015 Winners List!". Pinkvilla. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Guild Awards 2015: Here's the full winners' list!". dna. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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