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.