Anushka Shetty was born as Sweety Shetty on 7 November 1981 in Mangalore. She made her acting debut in the Puri Jagannath’s 2005 Telugu film Super and rose to fame following her performance in Vikramarkudu. Her debut film in Tamil cinema was Rendu (2006). After starring in a series of high-budget productions alongside leading Telugu actors, she went on to become one of Telugu cinema's leading actresses. She did her schooling in Bangalore and Bachelor of Computer Applications at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Prior taking up acting, Anushka was a yoga instructor and has been trained under yoga guru Bharat Thakur.