Anu Aggarwal

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Anu Aggarwal
Anu Aggarwal.jpeg
Anu in 2017
Born (1969-01-11) 11 January 1969 (age 50)[1]
Other namesAnu Aggarwal
OccupationActress, model, social activist
Years active1988- 1996

Anu Aggarwal (born 11 January 1969), MSW Masters in Social Work, is a former Indian model and actress. She is best known for her works in Aashiqui, The Cloud Door, Khal-Naaikaa (got her a Filmfare Awards nomination) and Thiruda Thiruda.[2] She is also a celebrated international author with her book "Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead" released in New York by Publisher HarperCollinsNY in the year 2015.[3]

Anu today = Creative Writer, Yogi, Director, Speaker, Change-maker, Influencer.[4] She is a naturopathic doctor, ND, who gets invited to and give presentations/talks in health conferences worldwide.[5]

Early life and background[edit]

Aggarwal was born on 11 January 1969 in New Delhi. She was a gold medalist in sociology at Delhi University.[6] After a brief stint in modelling, and VJing, and appearance in the Doordarshan serial Isi Bahane (1988), she made her Bollywood debut with the musical blockbuster Aashiqui, following which she was much in demand.[6]

After a serious car accident in 1999, Aggarwal was in a coma for 29 days, which left her with no memory of her earlier life.[7] She practices yoga . She is also an amateur power-lifter and after her accident has competed in many power-lifting competitions. She quoted in one of her interviews "To feel strong, to walk amongst humans with a tremendous feeling of confidence and superiority is not at all wrong. The sense of superiority in bodily strength is borne out by the long history of mankind paying homage in folklore, song and poetry to strong women".[6]


Year Movies Role Notes
1988 Isi Bahane Parineeta TV Series
1989 Face of Schweppes Indian Tonic Model - Paris International Model
1990 Aashiqui Anu Verghese Debut film
1992 Ghazab Tamasha Ganga Family Drama
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Chandralekha "Lekha", an underworld queen Tamil film (Mani Ratnam)
1993 King Uncle Fenni Fernando from Goa Drama/Action (Rakesh Roshan)
1993 Khal-Naaikaa Kiran, a psychopath woman Main character of the film
1994 Erotica, The Cloud Door Princess Kurangi Short movie (Cannes Film Festival[8])
1994- 1997 Oye MTV that later became BPL Oye! Star endorser and VJ Launched MTV India[9]
1995 Janam Kundli Kiran M Prasad/ Kiran R. Kapoor
1995 Ram Shastra Special appearance in the song "Love Machine"
1996 Return of Jewel Thief Princess Vishaka

Social Activism[edit]

Aggarwal has been working tirelessly in uplifting the socially handicapped, the underprivileged, and the downtrodden children and adults.[10] Anu Aggarwal Foundation (AAF) supports a number of causes that she dedicatedly works towards. She actively works with girls between the ages of 5-14 affected by HIV/AIDS in helping build their confidence.[11] Aggarwal also advocates positive mental health.

Through her foundation (AAF), she has worked toward rehabilitating destitute women in Mumbai. Aggarwal also participates in events for the benefit of orphaned children and young girls. She undertakes the task of rehabilitating cases of PTSD in the slums of Mumbai.[12]

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Asia's Greatest Brands & Leaders 2019
  • Asia's Greatest CSR 2018
  • Asia's Black Swan Award 2018
  • Smiley Ambassador,  Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation
  • Yoga Award by Govt. of India
  • Naturopathy Doctor, ICNM
  • Outstanding Research on Cancer
  • ICNM Stamps 2018 Research Presenter
  • Yoga Award from GOI at IDY 2015, Rishikesh
  • Author recognized internationally for her memoir Anusual, 2017
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao & Good Governance Award


TEDx Talks[edit]

With her positive outlook toward living life connected to one's spirituality, Anu Aggarwal has appeared 4 times in TEDx talks to share her life story and how it has helped her through a difficult time in her life.[15]

Appearing first in a TEDx talk held in the start of the year 2016, she spoke about how her surgeries affected her deeply and how Yoga managed to bring her out of that stupor and more in tune with the cosmic realm.[16]

She later appeared in another TEDx talk later in the year where she spoke about the beginning of Yoga and her endeavour to bring an awareness of the joy it can bring in the lives of people.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anu Agrawal". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ "The Enigma of Arrival". Mumbai Mirror. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead - Anu Aggarwal - Paperback". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Stardom drove me insane". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ "PROGRAM- copy". ICNM. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Sharma, Isha (9 December 2015). "From Wonder Girl Of 'Aashiqui' To A Sanyasi, This Is Anu Aggarwal's Story In Her Own Words!". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Aashiqui star returns to life, turns author". Hindustan Times. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Todd; McCarthy, Todd (31 August 1994). "The Cloud Door". Variety. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  9. ^ Aggarwal, Anu (15 May 2017). "Awesome to have launched #MTV in #india 1993! #author #anusual @Harper360 @HarperCollinsIN Got #interviewed by #NYTimes @MTVIndia". @anusualauthor. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Heroes of Act II: Meet 5 survivors". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Activities – Anu Aggarwal Foundation". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Achievements / Events – Anu Aggarwal Foundation". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  13. ^ inventiva (30 January 2019). "10th Edition of Asian Business & Social Forum, Pride of Asia Series Awards & Business Summit". Inventiva. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Awards – Anu Aggarwal Foundation". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  15. ^ "TEDxIIMIndoreMumbai | TED". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  16. ^ TEDx Talks (1 February 2016), Miracle story of a girl who came back from the dead | Anu Aggarwal | TEDxWalledCity, retrieved 17 June 2019
  17. ^ TEDx Talks (30 September 2016), Living life HER way | Anu Aggarwal | TEDxNMIMS, retrieved 17 June 2019

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