Before acting, worked for Yash Raj Films as a PR consultant. Won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her supporting role in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl (2011). In 2012 her next release and first lead role in Ishaqzaade earned her several award nominations and won her the National Film Award - Special Mention. Named one of Bollywood's best actresses by Rediff.com in 2012. Modelled for the Shabana Azmi Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO which aims to support girls/women in need.