The film faced competition from other films such Raaz 2 and Dev D and failed to do well.
With a huge budget, it only managed to gross That same year, Rao took on the lead role in Neeraj Vora's comedy drama Short Kut: The Con is On opposite Akshaye Khanna, produced by Anil Kapoor.
She looks the character and is splendid all through." Rao was cast alongside Mahesh Babu in the 2007 Telugu action film Athidhi.
The film was directed and co-written by Surender Reddy. She received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the chemistry between Rao and Mahesh Babu.
She has been called "Bollywood's quintessential girl next-door" by various media outlets.
Her younger sister Preetika Rao is a model and a southern film actor.
Rao had a minor role in Milan Luthria's Deewar; she played Radhika, Gaurang Kaul's love interest. Critical response towards the film was negative, although Rao garnered acclaim for her performance of a school teacher.
Rao co-starred alongside Shahid Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in the 2005 drama Vaah! Glamsham said the only thing that made the film watchable was the acting of Amrita Rao.
One of her most popular roles was in the romance film Vivah (2006).In 2008, Rao appeared in her third blockbuster, Shyam Benegal's comedy film Welcome to Sajjanpur.She played the role of Kamala, a woman who is desperate for communication from her husband Bansiram (Kunal Kapoor), a labourer at a dockyard in Mumbai.Vivah (2006) made her a national star; it depicted the journey of two individuals from engagement to marriage.Co-starring alongside Shahid Kapoor, Rao portrayed Poonam, a traditionally raised young woman.