Anjali is an Indian film actress and model, who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films. Following a stint in modeling, she was cast in starring roles in two Telugu productions; her début film was the Telugu film Photo, which released in 2006, before bagging a role and gaining attention in the film Kattradhu Thamizh (2007) with Jiiva. In 2010 and 2011, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, for her performances in Angaadi Theru and Engaeyum Eppothum respectively, & Tamil Nadu State Film Award For Angadi Theru subsequently becoming recognized as one of the “finest young actors” in Tamil cinema, and noted for mostly playing “performance-oriented roles”.
Her Telugu re-entry occurred through Journey (Telugu dubbing of Engaeyum Eppothum), which established her in Tollywood. Followed by Journey, she appeared in a string of successful films like Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Balupu, Masala, Geethanjali, and Dictator, which made her one of the leading actresses in Telugu. She also received two Nandi awards for best actress for her performances in the films Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Geethanjali. In May 2016, she won great applause for her role in the Tamil Film Iraivi, making a huge impact on Tamil audiences. In August 2017, she appeared in an extended cameo role in director Ram’s Taramani which earned good responses from both critics as well as audiences.
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Anjali was born in Razole, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. She has two brothers and a sister. She worked as a software engineer during her struggling days. She completed her schooling in Razole and later moved to Chennai where she continued her studies, pursuing a degree in mathematics.
After completing her education, she began acting in short films, which paved the way for her entry into the film industry. Anjali remarked that her parents had aspirations to become an actor and that they “realized their dreams” through her.
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In 2002, Anjali was signed on to appear in director Kalanjiyam’s Sathamintri Muthamidu under the screen name of Sundhari, but the film later failed to materialize. The director also began two other films with Anjali, Valiba Desam, and En Kanavu Thaanadi, though those also failed to materialize. During one of her modeling assignments, she was spotted by director Siva Nageswara Rao, who offered her a starring role in his Telugu thriller film Photo (2006). Anjali portrayed a ghost haunting her murderers in Photo, which co-starred two more newcomers, Anand and Bhanu.
Her performance earned her the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for that year, and she grew in popularity, leading her to several more offers, albeit the film proved commercially unsuccessful. She appeared in two films in 2008; Honganasu, her first Kannada project and Aayudham Seivom in Tamil. The latter, which featured her as the female lead opposite Sundar C, was panned by critics and she was criticized for accepting that role, with reviewers noting that she had nothing to do in the film, “except roll her eyes”.
She next played Kani, a fiery, independent sales girl in a textile showroom in Angadi Theru (2010) which melted everyone’s heart was released two years after her last venture. The Vasanthabalan-directed tragedy drama focussed on the lives of young employees who work in retail department stores. The film was shot in reallocation at the Ranganathan Street in T Nagar, Chennai with hidden cameras, with Anjali disclosing that they wore the uniform of a particular textile company, passing off as real sales-people and selling goods.
Angadi Theru opened to rave reviews, whilst also fetching Anjali critical acclaim for her performance, who went on to win several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. She subsequently appeared in two family drama films; S Pictures’ Rettaisuzhi, in which she shared the screen with veteran directors Bharathiraja and K Balachandar, and Magizhchi, co-starring and directed by Gowthaman. The latter released to favorable reviews and Anjali received positive feedback on her performance, being labeled as “impressive”, and “almost perfect as the young, a bit mischievous, village girl”; however both films failed to succeed at the box office.
Following her rise to fame post-Angadi Theru, Kalanjiyam revived one of the projects, namely Karungali, with Anjali agreeing to part of it, owing to her prior commitments. The film featured her as a childless housewife living in an unharmonious relationship with her husband and was a critical and commercial failure. While starring in Thoonga Nagaram, she was offered a minor supporting role in another project of the production studio, Mankatha. The Ajith Kumar-starrer, directed by Venkat Prabhu, was Anjali’s first high-budget project and featured her as part of an ensemble cast. The film emerged a financial success and Anjali’s highest-grossing film in her career, however, her role in the film was small and not well received generally.
In 2013, she starred in the Telugu multi-starrer Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu along with Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, and Samantha. The film went on to be a critical and commercial success, with many applauses for Anjali from the critics. Mahalakshmi Prabhakaran of DNA India commented that Anjali “as the innocent Seetha.gives an easy breezy but endearing performance”. She later starred in A R Murugadoss’ next production venture Vatthikuchi opposite Dhileban. The film received mixed reviews as did her performance. IndiaGlitz commented, “Anjali’s character though is sugary; it’s reminiscent of so many of her characters in the past and leaves you with a sense of wanting variation”. Her next release was Settai, the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly, in which she starred opposite Arya.
The film received mixed reviews, though she was appreciated for her performance and looks. S Saraswati of Rediff commented “Anjali, who is better known for deglamorized performances, has been given a brand new avatar for this film. Her clothes, hair and makeup have all been changed to suit her character—that of a very confident and attractive Mumbai-based journalist”. After an item number in Suriya’s Singam II, her first in her career, she starred in two Telugu films, Gopichand Malineni’s Balupu opposite Ravi Teja and Masala, the Telugu remake of Bol Bachchan, opposite Venkatesh, for the second time in her career. In 2014, she appeared in a women-centric horror film titled Geethanjali for the first time in her career.
In early 2015, Anjali returned to Sandalwood and starred opposite Puneeth Rajkumar in Rana Vikrama. Her début film in Kannada was Honganasu seven years ago. She broke the seven-year hiatus with that film. In Tamil, she appeared opposite Jayam Ravi alongside with Trisha, Soori in Sakalakala Vallavan. In Telugu, she played a special cameo role of a lady don in Sankarabharanam, a Telugu film which has Nikhil Siddharth in lead. In 2016, her first release was in Telugu opposite Balayya Balakrishna titled Dictator which declared Super-hit.
Her role was well received by the audience. She signed a Tamil-Malayalam film Peranbu opposite Mammotty TV directed by Director Ram. A women-centric Tamil film speaking about violence against women directed by debutant director Sarvesh, assistant of Sasi which has Anjali in the lead. She plays the role of a beautician in this film. The first look of this film released and created a huge hype among the people. Kaanbathu Poi might be released in Telugu, too, if all things go well. In December 2017, her film with Jai & Janani Iyer titled Balloon directed by newcomer Sinish got good reviews and moderate-average performance at the box office.
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Some Known Facts About Anjali
- Does Anjali smoke?: Not Known
- Does Anjali drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Anjali started her acting career in 2006 by playing the role of Swapna in the Telugu film Photo.
- She worked in different languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.
- She won several popular awards for her performance in the films Angadi Theru (2011) and Engaeyum Eppothum (2012) such as Filmfare Award South for Best Actress-Tamil, Vijay Awards & Vikatan Award for Best Actress, and Film Fans Association Awards-Jaya TV.