Aarti was born in New Jersey. Suniel Shetty invited her to dance with him on stage in Philadelphia when she was barely 14. The big B, who was also present at the show, encouraged her father to take her to Bollywood. Her Hindi debut, Pagalpaan, opposite Karan Nath wasn't well received. She came to Tollywood instead, acted with all the stalwarts in the industry and firmly ensconced herself in the hearts of Telugu movie lovers across the globe.