Anu Haasan

Date of Birth: June 15, 1970
Supporting Cast
Anu Haasan
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Early life
Anu is the daughter of the lawyer-and-producer Chandrahasan. Chandrahasan is the son of an orthodox Srinivasa Iyengar, an affluent land owner of Ramanathapuram District. He worked for the British as a lawyer practicing at Madras High Court in the early 1890s.

Anu did her schooling at St. Joseph's Anglo-Indian Girls' Higher Secondary School, Trichy, and earned a MSc degree in Physics and Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan.

She is a martial arts student (Kalari art; she has trained in Chiramam, Silambam, Kurunthadi and Kaipor) and also a proficient basketball player who represented the Trichy district. Her love for music showed up as a jazz singer when she performed at the U.S consulate in Kolkata. BITSians who were on campus between 1988 and 1993 remember Anu Hasan in some of the EDC productions of the day including Fiddler on the Roof and Spartacus.

She stepped into acting when she enacted the titular role in the 1995 Tamil film Indira, directed by her cousin Suhasini Mani Ratnam. Afterwards, she appeared only in a few films, playing minor supporting roles such as the mother, sister or wife character of the lead actor. Among her films, her notable ones are Run (2002), in which she starred as the protagonist's sister, which earned her Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and Nala Damayanthi (2003).

By 2000, she ventured into television,1 acting first in the series Anbulla Snehgidhiye, which was adapted from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's award-winning novel Sister of My Heart.2 For her performance in the series, she received accolades and several awards. She then starred in a number of TV series like Avan Aval Avargal, Ammaavukku Rendula Raagu and Vivahita (Malayalam), following which she turned anchor for the celebrity talk show Koffee with Anu (named after herself), aired on Vijay TV. The show, which she has hosted now for over three years, soon became very popular and made her ultimately a household name in Tamil Nadu.

In 2009-2010 she was awarded the Kalaimamani Award by the Tamil Nadu State Government.

In addition, Anu has worked as a dubbing artiste, lending her voice for many non-Tamil-speaking actresses, including Raveena Tandon, Preity Zinta and Geetu Mohandas.

Personal life
Anu was born on 15 July 1970 to Chandra Hasan, brother of the famous National Film Award-winning actor Kamal Haasan. She has acted under her cousin (Charuhasan's daughter) Suhasini's direction, who is a National Award winning actress herself and married to the noted film director Mani Ratnam, in the Tamil film Indira (1995), which was Anu's debut film. Anu Hasan married Vikas ten years ago. Anu later divorced Vikas on grounds of incompatibility. In 2010, she became engaged to London-based banker Graham Jay in Trichy. They got married on 4 November 2010 at the Marriott Hotel in Chennai