For Anuja Iyer, the well known Tamil actress of today, except for learning classical music and Bharatanatyam, she did not seem interested in the world of glamour or show business, at least in her initial student days. She was good in studies, and had moved to Delhi for her course in Commerce, and her Masters in Advertising & Public Relations, ending up as a topper in JNU. However, she later confessed that she always had a hidden passion for acting, and although her father himself had acted in one film, her parents on the whole were a bit skeptical about her joining films. She finally took the plunge into acting, seeking the help of a close family friend, and went on to receiving the leading role in her very second film, “Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai“ (M3V), which drew worldwide acclaim. Her maiden film “Sivi”, just a year earlier in 2007 was, however, a low key horror film, which she obviously would not like to remember too much. She proved her mettle in several of her subsequent films, including the 2009 “ Ninaithale Inikkum”, which was basically a remake of an earlier appreciated Malayalam move. In the same year she appeared in her first double version “Unnaipol Oruvan” in Tamil, and also in “Eeenadu”, its Telugu adaptation. This was indeed a landmark film for her, as she not only had the pleasure of acting alongside her childhood heroes, Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal, but also received accolades from critics for her depiction of a TV journalist. To cap it all, she ended up with getting the nomination for Best Actress for the 56th Filmfare Awards (South). All in all, Anuja seems to have fulfilled many of her dreams about her acting career, in the last 14 years she has been in the industry, and of late has been playing slightly different, but pivotal roles in her recent movies like “ Vinmeengal” and “ Kadhal 2 Kalyanam”. Side by side, she had also taken up hosting of TV reality shows, having compered the Carnatic music singing contest “Swarna Sangeetham” of Raj TV with her own background of training in classical music. Now she seems to be planning to settle down after her marriage with the Bharat Ram, a leading Chennai businessman.
Anu Hasan Tamil Actress

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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Anuya Bhagvath

Anuya Bhagvath, one of the well known actresses from the Tamil film industry, had actually started her career in a Hindi movie back in 2007. The reason for this, however, was her association with the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, from where she had graduated, and the director of her first film, Kranti Kanade, was involved in some way with Pune and FTII. Anuya’s first film was titled “Mahek” and it was a remarkably well done film which went on to receive several awards in the Children’s Film Category. In fact it had its premiere at the London Film Festival and also received the Best Picture award in the Houston International Film Festival. Recollecting the period just after her Pune and “Mahek” days, she revealed that when she had almost given up the hope of acting in Tamil films, she was trying an entry into Bollywood. This is when she was fortunate enough to get the call for her first Tamil movie “Siva Manasula Sakthi”. What was even more encouraging was the fact that it was one of the important roles that she was chosen for. As her role was also a serious one, she wanted to dispel the common belief in Tamil cine-goers minds that whoever came into Tamil cinema from Mumbai were basically inducted for their glamour value in ornamental roles. Having proved her point in her first Tamil movie, she was looking for a totally different role in her next one. She opted for “Madurai Sambavam” as it allowed her enough flexibility in portraying the typical role of a cop and villain rolled into one. Although done on a shoe string budget, on the acting front, she received very positive reviews from critics, while her fan following swelled as they liked that tough cop image of hers. It was at this point of time that she decided to take a break from films to brush up her dancing, realizing that she may be missing out on many films due to this. After the break she did act in smaller roles in a few films and, for a change, has now tried her hand in a Bengali film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s famous novel Gora.

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