Ranaut was born into a Rajput family. Her mother, Asha Ranaut, is a school teacher, and her father, Amardeep Ranaut, is a businessman. She has an elder sister, Rangoli, who as of 2014 works as her manager and a younger brother, Akshat. She was educated at the DAV School in Chandigarh. In 2004, the producers Ramesh Sharma and Pahlaj Nilani announced that Ranaut would make her film debut with the Deepak Shivdasani-directed I Love You Boss. However, Ranaut was contracted as a replacement for Gangster opting out of I Love You Boss. Released in 2006, Gangster emerged as a critical and commercial success and her performance was praised. Ranaut's next role was in the Mohit Suri-directed drama Woh Lamhe , the film underperformed at the box office. Later, Ranaut portrayed a village girl in Dhaam Dhoom, a Tamil romantic thriller, opposite Jayam Ravi. Her next film, the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed drama Fashion, worldwide revenue of 600 million Indian rupees Fashion emerged as a commercial success. Ranaut's performance drew unanimous critical acclaim. The supernatural horror film Raaz: The Mystery Continues from director Mohit Suri was Ranaut's first film release of 2009, the film co-starred Emraan Hashmi and Adhyayan Suman and proved to be a financial success. After playing a television reporter in the thriller Knock Out, Ranaut actively looked for a comedy and found the role in Anees Bazmee's No Problem, but both films failed to propel her career forward. Her first release of 2011 was Anand L. Rai's Tanu Weds Manu, a romantic comedy opposite R. Madhavan was a blockbuster hit. Ranaut followed the success of Tanu Weds Manu by starring in a series of brief, glamorous roles in four other films of 2011 that includes Game, Double Dhamaal, Rascals and Miley Naa Miley Hum. With the exception of Double Dhamaal, none of these films performed well. The director Sanjay Gupta cast Ranaut in a brief role opposite John Abraham in the crime thriller Shootout at Wadala due to her ability to stand out in a predominantly male-centric film. Commercially, the film performed moderately well. Ranaut achieved success later in 2013 for her portrayal of Kaya in Rakesh Roshan's science fiction film Krrish 3. Critics thought that Krrish 3 was entertaining but lacking in originality, though Ranaut's performance garnered praise. With global ticket sales of 3 billion (US$45 million), the film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time, becoming Ranaut's most financially profitable venture. In 2014, Ranaut established herself in Hindi cinema when she featured alongside Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon in the coming-of-age dramedy Queen; she also co-wrote the dialogues with Anvita Dutt Guptan. The film and Ranaut's performance received unanimous acclaim from critics. With a worldwide total of 970 million (US$14 million), the film also emerged as a box office hit. The following year, Ranaut starred in Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu earned over 2.4 billion (US$36 million) worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film featuring a female protagonist. Her upcoming movie is Rangoon, Simran, Mr Chaalu and Dhamaal 2.