Yaashika Aanand Wiki
Yashika Aannand is an Indian film actress and model of Punjabi descent, who predominantly works in Tamil cinema. She made her debut as an actress by portraying a character in the successful Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016), before earning further recognition for her role in the adult comedy, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu (2018). She is also a fashion model.
Born to Punjabi parents, Yashika Aannand made her acting debut after gaining popularity among the public as a model on Instagram. At 14, she first shot for the film Inimey Ippadithan (2015) alongside Santhanam but her role was later deleted after she could not attend a song shoot. She later portrayed a one scene role as a swimming instructor in Kavalai Vendam (2016), which became her first theatrical release. Yashika made a breakthrough as an actress after appearing the role of a molested girl in the 2016 film, Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. Shot on a small budget, the film became a surprise success at the box office and won recognition for its cast members.. She subsequently appeared in further roles as a Hindi teacher in Paadam (2018), and performed an item number in Thambi Ramaiah's Maniyar Kudumbam (2018).
In her biggest film role to date, Yashika portrayed Gautham Karthik's ex-girlfriend in the adult sex comedy film, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu (2018). Shot in Thailand, the film featured her alongside other actresses such as Vaibhavi Shandilya and Chandrika Ravi, and was noted as one of the few adult comedy films produced in the Tamil film industry. The film performed well at the box office. Along with her acting commitments, Yashika has regularly raised concerns for the empowerment and betterment of status of girls and women in the society.
In 2018, she took part in the second season of the Bigg Boss Tamil reality show hosted by Kamal Haasan. She had earlier been approached to be a contestant in the inaugural season of Bigg Boss Tamil show but she refused the offer. She was evicted on day 98, finishing the show in fifth place. She also received the cash prize of 5 lakhs for winning certain tasks during the second season of the premiere programme before getting evicted. She later appeared as a mentor in Star Vijay's "Jodi Unlimited" TV series, which aired in 2019.
Following her appearance on Bigg Boss, Yashika attracted more offers from the Tamil film industry. She signed a zombie related adventure comedy animation film titled Zombie as the lead actress, among other commitments. The film marked the full fledged lead role for Yashika after a series of cameo and special roles that she played in the early part of her career.