She then appeared in the 2006 low-budget comedy Pyare Mohan opposite Vivek Oberoi The movie was not well received by critics; Rajeev Masand wrote, "Amrita hit career lows, producing the low-fashion chemistry".
Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Rao's films to date had often not appealed to a wide audience.
The film is set against the backdrop of the Kashmir Conflict in Northern India.
Mainly inspired from the Hollywood movie A Few Good Men, Shaurya received positive reviews from the critics, and the film did average business at the box-office.
Rao starred with Harman Baweja in Victory, an Indian cricket-based sports film which focuses on a struggling cricketer who defies all odds to realize an almost impossible dream.
The film received generally mixed reviews from critics, and Rao garnered acclaim for her performance as a Herman's childhood friend Nandini.
The film tells the story of several villagers, including a child widow, an abandoned wife, a harried mother, a corrupt neta, a romantic compounder and their serious and mischievous problems.
The film received positive reviews and earned She received a Stardust Best Actress Award for her performance.Rediff noted, "Amrita Rao, who makes her debut in Telugu films, makes a mark." Other critics, such as Sify wrote that, "Amrita Rao is not only beautiful but also glamorous.She has proved that she could be yet another native girl for Tollywood.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.