She’s a Telugu girl. And though she started her career as an actress in Tollywood, it is her Tamil films that brought her recognition.
Meet Anjali, who has won critical acclaim and bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Debutante (Female) for her performance as Anandhi in Kattradhu Thamizh (2007) and later went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Female) — Tamil for her performance as Kani in Angaadi Theru (2010).
However, the actress admits, it was the hit Tamil film Engaeyum Eppothum (Journey in Telugu) that got Telugu film industry bigwigs to sit up and take notice of her.
On her filmi journey I started my filmi career as a dubbing artiste and later went on to do performance-oriented roles in Tamil cinema. Although I had won many awards for my Tamil films, it was Journey that got Tollywood to take notice of me. Producer Dil Raju adored my performance in the film and he offered me the role of Seetha in Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu.
On being paired with a senior actor I am very happy that I got this chance to act with a senior actor like Venkatesh in a big banner film. I play an important role in the film and that’s what prompted me to take up the role. I don’t believe in chemistry and physics between actors. I have absolutely no hang-ups acting with senior actors.
Telugu connection I did my schooling in Rajahmundry and then I moved to Chennai to finish my graduation in Bsc. Mathematics. I can speak Tamil and Telugu fluently and I can understand Kannada and Malayalam. Andhra is very close to my heart and I am glad that I am getting to explore different places in the state because of my work.
Future projects I am currently working on Balupu with Ravi Teja. I play the role of a doctor and it’s a very ‘layered’ role. The movie is likely to release in April 2013. I have also got three Tamil films in the pipeline — AR Murugadoss’ thriller Vatthikuchi, Madha Gaja Raja, a comedy flick directed by Sundar and Settai, the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly.
Heading to Bollywood? I don’t know why people keep asking me if I am doing a Bollywood film. These rumours are not true.
Family support My family is my greatest support. I’m pampered at home as I’m the only girl child. My mom, dad and brothers love cinema and we watch movies together. My mother always wanted to become an actress, but she could not make it. In a way, I’m fulfilling my mother’s dream. My mom and dad are my biggest support.