In 2012, Sharma played a supporting role alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in Yash Chopra's "swan song", the romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which marked her fifth collaboration with Yash Raj Films and her second with Khan.
She was cast as Akira Rai, a Discovery Channel reporter who harbours ambitions of being a documentary filmmaker.
The film, which tells the story of four underachieving friends who begin a scam business enterprise, received mixed reviews.
Her role was that of Shruti Kakkar, an ambitious middle-class Punjabi girl who starts her own wedding planning business.
Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, Sharma had her first modelling assignment for the fashion designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007 and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a model.
Writing for Business Standard, Ritika Bhatia praised Sharma's performance in the song "Dhadaam Dhadaam": "she fills the stage with such raw emotion that her mascara-laden tears and fake eyelashes flutter with arresting passion".
Also in 2015, Sharma featured in the supporting role of a dancer aboard a cruise ship in Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do, an ensemble comedy-drama starring Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh.
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She has established a career in Hindi films, and is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in India.