Anu Aggarwal gave up her career in search of peace
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: 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
Knownfor: Aashiqui and Khalnaikaa
Currentprofile: Leading a life of spirituality
Didyou 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.