Born on December 18, 1987, Sneha Ullal was born in Muscat to a Tulu-speaking father from Mangalore and a Sindhi mother. After her schooling in Oman, Sneha shifted with her parents to Mumbai. She studied at Vartak College. At age 18, Sneha made her Bollywood debut with Salman Khan's Lucky: No Time for Love. (All photos: Instagram)
Set in Russia, Lucky: No Time For Love (2005) had Sneha Ullal portraying a college student and Salman Khan playing the son of an Indian ambassador, who falls in love with her. The film bombed at the Box Office, but fared really well in Russia.
Sneha Ullal had constantly made news for bearing a striking resemblance to Salman Khan's frequent co-star and alleged ex Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Being an Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lookalike is also cited as a reason behind her big break with Khan starrer 'Lucky'
Although Sneha Ullal has accepted that bearing a facial similarity to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hasn't helped her career much she has nevertheless managed to gain some measure of popularity due to it.
In 2006, Sneha Ullal next starred in Aryan opposite Salman Khan's actor-filmmaker brother Sohail Khan. However, Aryan too bombed at the Box Office.
Following back-to-back failures, Sneha Ullal decided to take a break from films. She thought she's not mature enough for the acting world.
A year later, Sneha Ullal made her way into Telugu films, where she found a much-needed boost to her career. She made her debut with Ullasamga Utsahamga, which became a hit.
Some of Sneha Ullal's films down south are - Nenu Meeku Telusa, King, Current, Varudu, Simha, Ala Modalaindi, Madatha Kaja, Action 3D and Antha Nee Mayalone.
Sneha Ullal returned to Bollywood filmdom in 2010 with Click. Her last B-Town outing was the 2015 film Bezubaan Ishq.
During her comeback of sorts with Bezubaan Ishq, Sneha Ullal had said in an interview, "I never wanted to be an actress back then, so I never felt any pressure. I didn't have anything to prove."
"But now, I need to prove myself as an actor. So now I am feeling that pressure and nervousness. I wish I had this feeling back then. Not many actors get to make a comeback, so I am really lucky in that sense," Sneha said in the interview before Bezubaan Ishq.
However, Bezubaan Ishq too flopped at the Box Office and ever since, Sneha Ullal has been staying away from the limelight.
Though, Sneha Ullal recently revealed in an interview that she took a break from films owing to health issues.
Sneha Ullal is, however, quite active on social media. The actress, who turned 31 today, was flooded with birthday wishes on Twitter. Sneha thanked all and tweeted, "Thank you all for the bday wishes. Your comments are too sweet too gentle. Thank you for being here."
Here's wishing Sneha Ullal a very happy birthday!
Sneha Ullal best known for starring opposite Salman Khan in the 2005 film 'Lucky' and for being an Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lookalike turns a year older today. A look in pictures at the actress who went on to star in South Indian film blockbusters after a less-than-stellar Bollywood career
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