Anju Mahendru

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Anju Mahendru
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Anju Mahendru at Zee Rishtey Awards 2010
Born (1946-01-11) 11 January 1946 (age 72)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Years active 1966-present

Anju Mahendru (born 11 January 1946) is an Indian actress.[1] She is best known as Neelam in Kohi Apna Sa and Kamini Gupta in Kasautii Zindagii Kay.

Personal life[edit]

Mahendru was briefly engaged to cricket player Gary Sobers.[2]

Mahendru had a long relationship with actor Rajesh Khanna from year 1966 to 1972. Khanna's mother had wanted to Khanna to get married soon, since he turned 27 and had become hugely popular by 1969, but when Khanna proposed Anju in 1971 she said she wanted to postpone her marriage as she wanted to make career as actress. Khanna continued to love Mahendru and kept asking her to get married to him. Mahendru's mother was fond of Khanna and Khanna went on to gift them a bungalow as well. But then there were reports of her dating Gary Sobers in 1971 and Khanna had become fed up her non-commitment to marriage which resulted in Khanna breaking up with Mahendroo in 1972.It was then that Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, eight months before the film Bobby released.[3]Anju and Rajesh did not speak with each other till 1987.They became friends again from 1988 and Anju remained his close friend till Khanna's death and was by his side when he died. She confessed in an interview that it was her immaturity that she frivolously declined Khanna's offer of marriage to her in 1971 and had she accepted marriage she would have remained his wife.[4]


Mahendru started modelling at the age of 13. She was discovered by poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi who recommended her to Basu Bhattacharya. Basu cast her in Uski Kahani in 1966. Uski Kahani was the debut film for Mahendru as well as the first directorial venture of Basu Bhattacharya. She later went on to act in films such as Jewel Thief, Bandhan, Dastak. She never made it as a leading lady and moved to character roles. She was also featured in Nari Hira's television films featuring up and coming Aditya Pancholi in the mid-1980s.

She made a comeback in the 1990s in television acting in various soaps. She played Trishna's mother-in-law in the TV serial Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah on Zee TV. She acted as Maan's daadi in Geet Hui Sabse Parayi. she also played the role of Jeevika's, Maanvi's, and Daboo's daadi in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. She is seen as Sujatha in Star Plus' Ye Hai Mohabbatein. Currently, she is seen as Gayatri Singh , the grandmother of the female lead, Anami, in Rishton Ka Chakravyuh on Star Plus



  1. ^ [1] Archived 5 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Anubha Sawhney (2007-03-04). "Romancing the maidens". Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  4. ^ Bharati Dubey (20 July 2012). "'Anju Mahendru present as Kaka took his final breath'". The Times of India. 

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