The actor's biggest film till date is Mani Ratnam's black comedy film Thiruda Thiruda, but unlike his co-stars of that film, it failed to give him a breakthrough. He has also played second lead roles and supporting characters in several films including Kamal Haasan's Sathya and Vijayakanth's Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran.
He made his film debut in 1987 with Vanna Kanavugal. He is best known for his works in films such as Sathya (1988), Anbe En Anbe (1988), Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), Oor Mariyadhai (1992), Thalaivasal (1992), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Enakku 20 Unakku 18 (2003).
Anand also produced and directed a Malayalam short film "Kassu Panam Thuttu Money Money". His recent works as a character actor include hits such as 1: Nenokkadine (2014), Ring Master (2014), Ivan Maryadaraman (2015), Srimanthudu (2015), and Gentleman (2016).
Anand was born in Hyderabad as the youngest of four sons. His father V. S. Bharathi, worked for Brooke Bond India Ltd, and his mother Rajalakshmi is a house wife. His brothers are B. Ramesh, a Vice President of Finance with Times of India, Dr. B. Suresh, a teacher at English Vivekananda College, and Bharat Arun, a former Indian cricketer and now bowling coach for Indian cricket team . Anand also owns a restaurant named Zenzerro in Thiruvananthapuram. 
|1988||Anbe En Anbe||Tamil|
|1988||Annanagar Mudhal Theru||Tamil|
|1988||Sudhanthira Nattin Adimaigal||Tamil|
|1991||En Pottukku Sonthakaran||Tamil|
|1993||Chinna Mapillai||Mythili's husband||Tamil|
|1993||Naan Pesa Ninaipathellam||Anand||Tamil|
|1996||Amma Nanna Kaavaali||Telugu|
|1999||Unnaruge Naan Irundhal||Anand||Tamil|
|1999||Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham||Anand||Tamil|
|2003||Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu||Sridhar's brother-in-law||Telugu|
|2003||Enakku 20 Unakku 18||Sridhar's brother-in-law||Tamil|
|2005||The Tiger||Sudev Sachidanand IPS — Musafir||Malayalam|
|2006||Yes Your Honour||DFO Sarath Shetty||Malayalam|
|2010||Advocate Lakshman Ladies Only||Haridas||Malayalam|
|2010||The Thriller||City Police Commissioner Manmohan||Malayalam|
|2012||Etho Seithai Ennai||Nambi||Tamil|
|2012||My Boss||Mathew Abraham||Malayalam|
|2012||MLA Mani Patham Classum Ghusthiyum||Malayalam|
|2013||Crocodile Love Story||DFO||Malayalam|
|2016||Kalyana Vaibhogame||Divya's father||Telugu|
|2017||Rangoon||DRI Officer Syed Nawazuddin||Tamil|
|2017||Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi||Abhi's father||Telugu|
|2019||Dear Comrade||Bobby’s father||Telugu|
|2000||Nippulanti Nijam||Telugu (dubbed)||ETV|
|2016–2017||Kayamkulam Kochunniyude Makan||Malayalam||Surya TV|
In 2000, the actor was involved in drunk driving hit and run case, where he hit a police officer who had tried to stop him. The police officer, Ramachandran, subsequently succumbed to his injuries and the actor faced a murder charge. The actor made a financial settlement with the victim's family. Later he was acquitted, and was found innocent.
His house in Uthandi, Chennai was burgled in 2008 and the actor cited that it was an "inside job".
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