Anu Hasan

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Anu Hasan
Born Anuradha Chandrahasan
(1970-07-15) July 15, 1970 (age 43)
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actress, model, TV anchor, entrepreneur
Years active 1995–present
Relatives Charuhasan (uncle)
Kamal Hassan (uncle)
Suhasini Maniratnam (cousin)
Shruti Haasan (cousin)
Akshara Haasan (cousin)

Anu Hasan (born Anuradha Chandrahasan on 15 July 1970) is a Tamil actress and TV anchor. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed Indira (1995) and has since appeared in many Tamil films, playing predominantly supporting roles. She hosted the celebrity talk show Koffee with Anu on the Tamil channel Vijay for three seasons. She is also an entrepreneur, model, musician and martial arts expert.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anu Hasan was born on 15 July 1970 to Chandra Hasan, elder brother of the National Film Award-winning actor, Kamal Haasan. She was educated at St. Joseph's Anglo Indian Girls Higher Secondary School, Trichy and earned a MSc degree in Physics and Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan.[2][3]

Her love for music showed up as a jazz singer when she performed at the U.S consulate in Kolkata. BITSians who were on campus between 1988 and 1993 remember Anu Hasan in some of the English Drama Club (EDC) productions of the day including Fiddler on the Roof and Spartacus.

Career[edit]

She began her acting career in the title role of the 1995 Tamil film Indira, directed by her cousin Suhasini Mani Ratnam. Afterwards, she appeared in many other films, playing supporting roles such as the mother, sister or wife character of the lead actor. Among her films, her notable ones are Run (2002), in which she starred as the protagonist's sister, which earned her Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and Nala Damayanthi (2003).

By 2000, she ventured into television,[1] acting first in the series Anbulla Snehgidhiye, which was adapted from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's award-winning novel Sister of My Heart.[2] For her performance in the series, she received accolades and several awards. She then starred in a number of TV series like Avan Aval Avargal, Ammaavukku Rendula Raagu and Vivahita (Malayalam), following which she turned anchor for the celebrity talk show Koffee with Anu (named after herself), aired on Vijay TV. The show, which she hosted for over three years, soon became very popular and made her ultimately a household name in Tamil Nadu.[3] She also currently presents Kannadi for Jaya TV.

In 2009-2010 she was awarded the Kalaimamani Award by the Tamil Nadu State Government.

In 2014 she joined the Ask How India social movement and made a series of videos pertaining to social issues. [4]

In addition, Anu has worked as a dubbing artiste, lending her voice for many non-Tamil-speaking actresses, including Raveena Tandon, Preity Zinta and Geetu Mohandas.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Indira Indira Tamil
2001 Aalavandhan Kamal's mother Tamil Guest appearance
2002 Run Siva's sister Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Nala Damayanthi Amloo Tamil
Anjaneya Paramaguru's sister Tamil
2008 Akku Anu Tamil
Santhosh Subramaniam Tamil Guest appearance
Dhaam Dhoom Sarasu Tamil
2009 Sarvam Gheetha Eashwar Tamil Guest appearance
Aadhavan Anu Tamil
Evaraina Epudaina Venkat's sister-in-law Telugu
2010 Maanja Velu Karthik's wife Tamil
Irandu Mugam Sarveswaran's wife Tamil
Thottuppaar Tamil
2011 Ko Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2011 Red Building Where The Sun Sets English Winner of National Award for Best Non-Feature
2012 Endhukante... Premanta! Revathi Telugu
DeadPoint Anwar's Mother Arabic Directed by Milad Latoof
2013 Aayiram Kanavughal Anu / Anitha Tamil Currently filming in London, directed by Nanthathurai
Kaanagam Anu Tamil under post production, directed by Maamani
Kunthapura Gowri Iyer Malayalam A biopic film about pre-independence, Post-Production [6]
2014 1: Nenokkadine Kalyani Telugu

Television[edit]

Title Genre / Language Role
Anbulla Snegithiyae TV series; Tamil
Boom Boom Shakal TV series; Tamil
Avan Aval Avargal TV series; Tamil
Ammaavukku Rendula Raagu TV series; Tamil
Vivahita TV series; Malayalam
Koffee with Anu Talk show; Tamil Host
Rekha IPS TV series; Tamil Rekha
Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha TV series; Tamil Appa
Anu Alavum Bayam Illai Reality show; Tamil Host
En Samayal Araiyil Reality show; Tamil Host
Kannadi Reality show; Tamil Host
Superkid Quiz show; Tamil Host
Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia English

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Anu Hasan : Goergo". Goergo.in. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Sandpaper - The BITSAA Magazine". Sandpaper.bitsaa.org. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Metro Plus Madurai / Profiles : Spreading fragrance everywhere". The Hindu. 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  4. ^ Video Series for Ask How India
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Sivanand, Sibin (2012-07-10). "Kunthapura Malayalam Movie Preview". Theater Balcony. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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