For Anuja Iyer, the well known Tamil actress of today, except for learning classical music and Bharatanatyam, she did not seem interested in the world of glamour or show business, at least in her initial student days. She was good in studies, and had moved to Delhi for her course in Commerce, and her Masters in Advertising & Public Relations, ending up as a topper in JNU. However, she later confessed that she always had a hidden passion for acting, and although her father himself had acted in one film, her parents on the whole were a bit skeptical about her joining films. She finally took the plunge into acting, seeking the help of a close family friend, and went on to receiving the leading role in her very second film, “Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai“ (M3V), which drew worldwide acclaim. Her maiden film “Sivi”, just a year earlier in 2007 was, however, a low key horror film, which she obviously would not like to remember too much. She proved her mettle in several of her subsequent films, including the 2009 “ Ninaithale Inikkum”, which was basically a remake of an earlier appreciated Malayalam move. In the same year she appeared in her first double version “Unnaipol Oruvan” in Tamil, and also in “Eeenadu”, its Telugu adaptation. This was indeed a landmark film for her, as she not only had the pleasure of acting alongside her childhood heroes, Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal, but also received accolades from critics for her depiction of a TV journalist. To cap it all, she ended up with getting the nomination for Best Actress for the 56th Filmfare Awards (South). All in all, Anuja seems to have fulfilled many of her dreams about her acting career, in the last 14 years she has been in the industry, and of late has been playing slightly different, but pivotal roles in her recent movies like “ Vinmeengal” and “ Kadhal 2 Kalyanam”. Side by side, she had also taken up hosting of TV reality shows, having compered the Carnatic music singing contest “Swarna Sangeetham” of Raj TV with her own background of training in classical music. Now she seems to be planning to settle down after her marriage with the Bharat Ram, a leading Chennai businessman.

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