Athiya Shetty 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.
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 Punjabi Hindu mother and a Gujarati Muslim father. She has a younger brother, Ahan Shetty.
Shetty studied at the prestigious 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. 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.
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 ₹34.82 crore (US$4.9 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 Filmfare award nomination for the Best Female Debut. Bollywood Hungama, a leading website of 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 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 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. The film opened to mixed reviews.
Shetty is next committed to appear in footballer Afshan Ashiq‘s biopic film, Hope Solo, where she will be seen playing the title role.