Anju Mahendru is an Indian actress, born on January 11, 1946 in Dehradun. She became popular because of her past relationship with actor,
Rajesh Khanna. Anju is Rajesh’s great love, and it was unknown to others that Anju took care of Rajesh until the day he dies. She was also temporarily engaged to Gary Sobers, a former cricket player. Anju was also a model when she was 13 years old. The Indian Urdu poet and lyricist,
Kaifi Azmi discovered her talent and introduced her to Hindi film director,
Basu Bhattacharya. In 1996, she was debuted in the film, Uski Kahani by Basu and this film is also Basu’s first directorial attempt. Anju has been part of films like the 1967 Hindi film, Jewel thief as Neena, Bhandhan in 1969 as
Sonia Sharma and the 1970’s, Dastak. That time, Anju has never been a leading lady, so she moved to other character roles.
In 1990, Anju made her comeback by doing several TV series. She appeared on the Hindi TV drama series, Hamari Betiyon Ka Vivaah as the antagonist, Nupur Malhorta on Zee TV. She was also in the soap, Geet on STAR One as Savitri Devi Khuranna. She played the role of Beeji in the soap, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai.
Anju was also in the films:
The Dirty Picture, I hate Luv Storys, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Page 3, Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse, Satta and a lot more. She also did TV serials like: Sukanya, Swabhimaan, among many others.
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Anju Mahendru is a Bollywood actress and a model. When she was at 13 years old, she entered into modelling field.
At that time, she was recognized by the famous lyric writer and poet Kaifi Azmi. He urged her to director Basu Bhattacharya. In 1966, he has given first chance in his own film "Uski Kahani”. This is the first movie for Anju Mahendru and also for Basu Bhattacharya. After that, she got a chance to perform in some more Hindi movies like Pyass (1982), Ganga Ki Saugand (1978) as Courtesan, Darwaza (1978) as Reshma,Mukti (1977) as Shanno,Umar Qaid (1975),Prem Shastra (1974) as Barkha Arora,Hanste Zakhm (1973),Dastak (1970),Bandhan (1969), Intaquam (1969) as India, Sunghursh (1968) as Kundan's sister,
Jewel Thief (1967) etc. She didn't get the opportunity to act as the main lead. She acted as a supporting character in most of the movies. She performed in some of the movies during the 1980s and 1990s.
Later in 1990s, she got a chance to act in Hindi Television serials. She performed Zee TV’s daily Hindi soap "Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah" as Trishna's mother-in-law. After that, she played in "Geet Hui Sabse Parayi" (as Maan's Daadi). She also played in the serial "Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai" as Daboo, Jeevika and Maanvi's Daadi. In the recent 20th century, she got a chance to act as supporting role with Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji in the movie “Saathiya" as Prema in 2002. In 2006 she acted in "Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye" with Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar.
Personal life she was offered with Bollywood’s famous Actor Rajesh Khanna. She also got rumor as engaged with Gary Sobers, who is a famous Cricket player. Shabana Azmi is Anju Mahendru's close friend. Shabana Azmi’s father only introduced her to a Bollywood film industry.
Serials Acted: Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah, Geet Hui Sabse Parayi and Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
DOB: January 11, 1946
Movies acted: Uski Kahani in 1966, Jewel Thief as Neena in 1967, Sunghursh as Kundan's sister in 1968, Intaquam as Indu in 1969, Bandhan in 1969, Dastak in 1970, Hanste Zakhm in 1973, Prem Shastra as Barkha Arora in 1974, Umar Qaid in 1975, Mukti as Shanno in 1977, Darwaza as Reshma in 1978, Ganga Ki Saugand as Courtesan in 1978, Pyaas in 1982, Vakil Babu as Shanti (Prem's ex-girlfriend) in 1982, Shingora in 1986, Vijay as Bela in 1988, Hum To Chale Pardes in 1988, Jaan Tere Naam as Mrs. Ajay Malhotra in 1992, Muskurahat as Mayadevi (Verma's sister) in 1992, Dil Ki Baazi as Lalita V. Kashyap in 1993, Swabhimaan as Ranjana Devi in 1995 TV Series, English Babu Desi Mem as TV Interviewer in 1996, Sukanya TV Series as Babli in 1998, A Pocket Full of Dreams as Asha in 2001, Waah! Tera Kya Kehna as Meena's mom in 2002, Saathiya as Prema in 2002, Kyon? as Sunidhi Narang in 2003, Satta in 2003, Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse in 2005, Page 3 as Ritu Bajaj in 2005, Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye in 2006, I Hate Luv Storys as Jay's mother in 2010, The Dirty Picture as Naila in 2011, Geet TV series as Sawatri Devi Khurana (Maan's Dadi) in 2010-2011 and Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se as Renuka in (2013).