Cross region acting careers are no longer a rare phenomenon, with quite a few northerners, especially actresses, thronging the southern scene, obviously hoping for an ultimate graduation into the national arena! Some of the moment to settle down in the south after making a name there. However, the migration of a Bengali girl into southern cinema is somewhat of a rarity as of now. Angana spent her formative years in New Delhi, belonging to non resident Bengali family settled there. After getting her Masters in Business Administration she moved to Bangalore like so many other career oriented girls and started working as a Human Relations manager at a leading corporate firm. However, being tall and attractive, between her corporate responsibilities she managed to create a modeling portfolio and caught the attention of film director Manohar, who facilitated her entry into Tamil movies by casting her in his comedy film “ Ragalaipuram”.Her acting career really seemed to be on a fast track, before the release of her first film, she began work on two more Tamil films - “ Kabadam” and “ Vathikuchi”. Since then she has also signed on to appear in Telugu and Kannada language films. The year 2015 also saw the release of her maiden Malayalam film “Picket 43”. For her next assignment, she was back intoTamil films, with one titled, “ Mahabalipuram” where she played the typical character of a newly married, office going girl. In 2015, she is also slated to be part of two major Telugu projects, including a big budget film, about which Angana seemed quite upbeat, appreciating the larger than life settings of Telegu movies. But the lure of Tamil films, where she made her initial mark does not seem to leave her, and she has confirmed her role in another big Tamil film, which is said to be a sequel to an older hit.What gives her glum satisfaction is, however, the fact that being basically a Bengali girl, she has managed to be part of the entire Southern film industry having acted in all the four languages.
Andrea Jeremiah Tamil Actress

Andrea Jeremiah

It is sometimes fascinating to read about how film stars, especially in the South, get into the industry from totally diverse fields, and with no conscious intentions to be in movies. Andrea Jeremiah’s career seems to fit into this category. Her childhood ambition was to go for higher studies and get to become a psychiatrist. But music was always in the background, as she started learning classical Western piano when she was just eight, and she quickly showed her prowess when she formed her own troupe called Young Stars which also was a precursor for her later singing and music composing career. However, entry into acting came to her via the theatre route, as it was hard to refuse offers from Girish Karnad, in whose “Nagamandala” she performed first, and then went on to perform all over the country, during which period both her singing and acting talents were getting appreciated. This prompted Gautham Menon to request her to play the female lead in his then-upcoming film “Pachaikili Muthucharam” just after she had completed a playback singing assignment in his film “Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu”. After a string of Tamil films in 2010 and 2011, she made her debut in Malayalam movies with the romantic film “Annayum Rasoolum”, rating this film as the best in her career so far. She also played a cameo in Kamal Haasan's “Vishwaroopam”. She has also finished other roles in which she appears in the diverse roles of a journalist; model and housewife. She has also been cast alongside the famous Mohanlal in “Loham”, her third Malayalam film, and the first with Mohanlal. Andrea had always confessed that she chose to be a professional singer and that acting came to her by chance. Starting from 2005, she has by now sung several hit film songs for most of the popular composers and had also been tipped for Filmfare and Vijay Awards. In her own opinion the song "Maalai Neram" has been the song that has given her maximum satisfaction. She has also composed, wrote and sung herself, a single, titled "Soul of Taramani", as the signature tune for her Tamil romantic-drama “Taramani”. Likewise, she has composed several music themes, songs and albums, many of which have been widely appreciated.

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Anu Hasan

There are actors who like to ride piggyback on their family names to enter films and, thereafter, also bag further roles more on family credentials than on individual merit. Anu Hasan, the energetic Tamil film actress cum TV hostess cum author, is such an exceptional case. Despite being the niece of the nationally acclaimed actor Kamal Haasan, she would neither like to use that family link in her bio, nor brandish the family brand name Hasan to sell herself in the industry. But try as she may like, she is known in the industry as Anu Hasan instead of her formal name Anuradha Chandrahasan. Her childhood tendencies did not in any way give inkling about her leanings towards the world of show business. Rather, she seemed more into academics, having done her Masters in Physics & Management from BITS, Pilani. She appeared for the first time in the 1995 film “Indira”, which received critical acclaim for its cinematic values, and this paved the way for further roles for her in Tamil movies. But what made her more famous was the Celebrity TV Talk show that she started hosting, titled “Koffee with Anu”, on the Vijay channel. In fact, this was the show that made her a prominent face on TV. It was this perhaps that fetched her quite a few roles in TV serials in Tamil, as well as one in Malayalam. Of late, she has also got involved with certain socially active groups, enjoying making videos for them. Also, to allow more versatile use of her voice inflexion capabilities, she entered dubbing in a big way, being a common need in the South with multilingual productions. She has already lent her voice for several non Tamil actresses like Preity Zinta and Raveena Tandon. Her involvement in a BBC series, and writing engagements are also keeping her busy.

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Anu Hasan Tamil Actress