This is a special series that tracks down the stars of 90s who faded away from our memory. Today, we talk to Anu Aggarwal.
How do you see your journey in Bollywood?
Anu Aggarwal, who induced Aashiqui in many a heart, went soul searching for 15 years before returning to Mumbai in 2007.
Anu: I cherish the times I spent in Bollywood. It gave me success, fame, grandeur and appreciation. The
love I got from millions of fans was humbling. Bollywood made me an incredible self-made, young achiever, who lived an unusual life. Aashiqui was the biggest turning point of my life.
What has kept you busy through these years?
Anu: Even at the peak of my success I was not using all my potential. I had everything but I lacked peace. That is when I began to shut down shop. I got interested in yoga and went to a yoga university. I started with the study of the history of yoga and made yoga my life. Also, I found that no matter how glorious stardom is, it also robs you of your quietude.
Do you miss the fame?
Anu: I left it willingly. If I missed the fame then I would have been back in the industry. There was nothing stopping me.
Do you plan a comeback?
Anu: I had a great innings when I was in the glamour business. I got more than I ever dreamt of. I believe in the power of now. I try to live in the present moment. Nothing I see in Bollywood now is interesting. If an irresistible offer comes, I will do it.
Have you married?
Anu: It is not that I do not believe in the institution of marriage but I haven’t met a guy more attractive than myself, yet. I love to spend time with me. I have made friends with myself.
Do you think that the industry forgets actors quickly?
Anu: I can only talk of my own experience. I left in 1995, and in 2012 people still remember me with affection, even though I have avoided the media for the last eighteen years.
Are you writing an autobiography?
Anu: Yes. A lot of astonishing, bizarre and traumatic incidents have happened in the years I have been away from films. I want to share those with everyone.
Name: Anu Aggarwal
Movies done: 8
Acted till: 1996
Known for: Aashiqui and Khalnaikaa
Current profile: Leading a life of spirituality
Did you kbnow: In 1999, she met with a near fatal accident and recuperated after a 29-day coma
Mahesh Bhatt, filmmaker: I saw her for the first time in a TV commercial and liked her enigmatic personality. I approached her through a common friend and signed her for Aashiqui.She was a good student and had the willingness to learn it all. But we couldn’t work together after the first film as the roles I had didn’t suit her.
Rahul Roy, actor: Being my first co-star, she will always be special to me. She is a good actor. I have known her even before we did Aashiqui as we had done modelling work together. She has always been a very private person. No one could make her do what she did not want to do — but she was uncomplicated.