Hello Folks! Guess who’s joining me in this week’s #BlabWithSandy? It’s none other than Anshu. 🙂 She made a thundering debut opposite Nagarjuna Akkineni in Manmadhudu and was seen with Prabhas in Raghavendra. She was last seen in a cameo appearance in the film Misamma. It’s been years that she has been out of the spotlights, but we finally have her back! Let’s dive into the blab I had with Anshu:
Sandy: Hey Anshu! 🙂 Long time! Hope you are doing good. 🙂
Anshu: Hi Sandy! Long time indeed. I am doing great. 🙂
Sandy: Could you let us know about your background?
Anshu: I am from London. I come from a small close-knit family. I lost my mom when I was 12 years old. I have a brother and a sister. My dad is there for us and he was part of my film journey right from scratch. 🙂
I studied political science and health studies. I did my bit in accounting too! I took the route of accountancy management.
I got married, opened a showroom called Inspiration Couture in London. I have always been passionate about couture, films and fashion. I think I answered about what I do currently too, hahaha!
Sandy: Yes, but it helps me cut short on one my questions though. 🙂
People remember you the most for Manmadhudu. Your role is still etched in all the film lovers’ minds. Could you let us know how did you get an opportunity to star in Manmadhudu?
Anshu: Manmadhudu! 🙂 Yes, I belong to London and was doing my studies out there. I was interested in modelling and films. I was getting few offers at that time.
During my summer vacations, I flew down to India and Manmadhudu team got hold of my portfolio.
Kabir Lal and director Vijay Bhaskar recommended my name to Nagarjuna and Supriya, and as destiny would have it, I landed myself a role in Manmadhudu and the rest is history.
Sandy: It indeed was a memorable film. How was it working alongside Nagarjuna Akkineni?
Anshu: He was a big star. I was only 16 when I acted in Manmadhudu. He was very humble and down to earth. I was the baby on the sets and he treated me with care. I got to learn many things from him.
There was a particular dance sequence which we were shooting in Austria and I wasn’t getting it right. He felt bad for me and asked our make-up guy Subhash to go get me a Kit-Kat.That was so sweet of him to do! He is a sweet human being.
There are many such incidents like these. It was fun shooting for Manmadhudu and the recognition I received for my role was immense.
Working with the whole team of Manmadhudhu was real fun and a learning experience for me.
Sandy: You were next seen opposite Prabhas in Raghavendra. Few anecdotes on him.
Anshu: Raghavendra was his second film and mine too! We both were literally newcomers and I must say he was a very shy person. Trust me, Prabhas turns into a different person once the cameras are on. 🙂
It feels so insane, that how can a person who is so shy off-screen turn so energetic and outdo himself once he is in front of the cameras.
There was a sequence where both of us had to be on a boat which was being shot in Venice. The crew left us all alone, and we were in the middle of the lake. It was freezing, and we had no jackets.
I was wearing an Indian suit. Prabhas was like “Where is everyone? What are we going to do now? They left us mid-way”, hahaha! These are such lovely memories Sandy!
Look at him now! He has grown to become a powerful actor. Happy for him.
Sandy: Interesting! Another interesting aspect is that we did not see you act after the above mentioned films. Why so?
Anshu: Ah Sandy! I was indeed flooded with offers but I had to make my return to the UK to complete my studies. I did lots of advertisements, example being the Indian Airlines, Colgate, etc.
I acted in one Tamil film called Jai opposite actor Prashanth (Jeans fame) and as you remembered well, I did a small cameo in Bhumika’s Missamma.
I was also to be a part of a Prabhu Deva – Allari Naresh film and I was also present during its muhurath but it didn’t work out.
Sandy: Thotti Gang?
Anshu: Oh yes! That’s the film. 🙂 After which I moved base to the UK and said to myself, “Let’s go back to London and concentrate on my studies”. I was hardly 16-17 that time and I did not take the cinema route that seriously.
I heard some rumors floating too, that Anshu had bad experiences, or she met with an accident and that’s why she is out of films. Some people even compared me with Bhagyashree as the one film wonder.
I kept receiving crazy fan mails and messages ever since I made my debut.This isn’t true at all. 🙂 I had the most amazing time in Tollywood.
Sandy: What is the thing that you miss the most now? You have been away from limelight. 🙂
Anshu: One thing that I miss the most is performing! I miss the buzz, miss acting in front of the cameras. But, I have done theatre productions here and I do have a theatre background. Whenever time permits, I do a few shows here and some Hindi plays too!
Quick Shot Round:
- Nagarjuna: The Greatest
- Tollywood: Sensational Industry
- Being a mom: A Filling Experience
- A habit of yours which you aren’t proud of: I am a cleanliness freak. If I see a mess, I clean it always. Prefer hygiene, haha! Sometimes I proud about it too! 🙂
- Favorite films: Indra, Delhi Belly, Mamma Mia
- Prabhas: Sweetheart
- Hyderabad: Home
- Actors/actresses whose work you have liked recently: I am impressed with Ishaan Khatter in Dhadak, Ranveer Singh, Kajol and Katrina Kaif
- Love: Happiness and it’s a complete friendship
- Any regrets in life: No! I am at a very happy place. Keep dreaming and keep inspiring
- Anshu is superstitious about: Walking under ladders on the road/pavements. I don’t know if India has it, but you know the squares? The tanks on road, while walking on them I remember to do the Gayatri Mantra. 🙂
Sandy: Do you find any difference in the films that u see now from the ones whilst you were working?
Anshu: During my time, lots of actresses were healthy and now, I see that most of them are super-duper thin. 🙂 There is a lot of pressure on being fit. Things have changed. I understand but it was more so with the Bollywood/ Mumbai girls and now the same trend in being followed in South India.
It isn’t entirely a good thing. You need to be in between both the areas. Eat well, stay fit and be healthy.
Sandy: Is Anshu looking for a comeback of sorts? Can we soon see you on the big screens? 🙂
Anshu: Yes! 🙂 My husband and family are supportive. I have a daughter and a son who are very young. So, it needs to be planned well. I am game for facing the cameras again!
I did read three scripts recently. I am still waiting for a script which will blow me away completely, haha!
If the production is good, script is terrific and the planning is smooth, I would definitely love to come back and act. Is there anything Sandy? Hahaha!
Sandy: There shall be for sure! 🙂 We would love to see you setting the screens on fire again.
Is there anything that you would like to convey to your fans?
Anshu: Touchwood! Thank you to my fans, who still remember me and love me like they did! It’s all your wishes and love that keeps me moving.
I will hopefully be back soon and we all can get to celebrate another hit. 🙂
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local (www.hyderabadlocal.com)
Anshu: You are talented and all that you do is so lovely Sandy! God bless you always and hope all your aspirations (be it writing, acting, dancing and your love towards cinema) come to light! 🙂
Editor’s Note: Anshu was a lovely performer! Anshu is a lovely human being! Anshu will soon get back to being a lovely performer again! It is splendid associating with her and I only wish she gets all the more love and affection from her fans.
To all the filmmakers and production houses out there, do reach out to me if you have some really interesting scripts for the lovely lady named Anshu. 🙂
Interview by Sandy (Sandeep Rao)