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Anusha Dandekar

Anusha Dandekar
Anousha Dandekar unveils MTV The ONE (13).jpg
Native name अनुषा दांडेकर
Born (1982-01-09) 9 January 1982 (age 35)[1][2]
Khartoum, Sudan
Residence Mumbai, India
Nationality Australian
Occupation VJ, Host, actress, Singer
Years active 2003–present
Home town Kingsgrove
Partner(s) Karan Kundra
Relatives

Anusha Dandekar (born 9 January 1982) is an Indo-Australian MTV VJ, actress and singer.

Early and personal life

Dandekar was born on 9 January 1982 in Khartoum, Sudan to a Marathi Chitpavan brahmin[citation needed]family originally from Pune, India.[3] She and her sisters, actress and model Shibani and Apeksha Dandekar grew up in Kingsgrove, New South Wales, a suburb in Sydney, Australia.[4]

Dandekar has been in a long term relationship with actor Karan Kundra.[5]

Career

Dandekar at the launch of her first single

In 2002, at the age of 19, Dandekar moved to Mumbai, Maharashtra to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She was cast as an anchor in MTV's House of Style. She later hosted MTV Dance Crew, MTV Teen Diva, MTV News and MTV Love School[6] for the network. In 2008, she won Best VJ at the Cosmopolitian Fun Fearless Female Awards.[7] As of 2014, Dandekar is a judge on India's Next Top Model along side model-actress Lisa Haydon.[8][9]

In 2003, Dandekar made her acting debut in Bollywood with Mumbai Matinee and went on to do Viruddh in 2005,[10] alongside Bollywood veterans Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sharmila Tagore and John Abraham.[11] Her performance in the film won her the Best Debut Award at the Maharashtra Times Awards in 2006.[12] She then went on to star in the musical Miss Bollywood. Later in 2006, she starred in Anthony Kaun Hai? alongside Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt.[13] In 2012, she made her Marathi film debut with her role in Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha.[14]

In 2012, Dandekar made her music debut with single Better Than Your Ex. The song, in the English language, was released in June.[15][16]

A fashion icon, Dandekar has also graced the covers of Cosmopolitian, Elle and Seventeen. She has also endorsed the brands Reebok, Toni & Guy, Crocs and Lee Jeans.[17]

Discography

Title Year Peak chart positions Notes
US CAN UK
Better Than Your Ex 2012 Single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Filmography

Film Year Role
Mumbai Matinee 2003 Anusha the Temptress
Viruddh 2005 Jenny
Anthony Kaun Hai 2006 Rosa
Hello 2008 Shefali
City of Gold (2010) 2010 Manasi
Lalbaug Parel 2010 Manasi
Delhi Belly 2011 VJ Sophaya
Jai Jai Maharashtra Maaza 2012 Ashwini Stevenson

Accolades

List of awards and nominations received by Dandekar:

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2004 Mumbai Matinee Stardust Award for Most Exciting New Face Nominated
2006 Viruddh Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated
2006 Viruddh Maharashtra Times Sanmaan Best Debut Award Won
2007 Herself Filmfare Award for Best Face Nominated
2009 Herself Cosmopolitian Fun Fearless Female Award for Best VJ Won [7]
2010 Herself Femina's List of 50 Most Beautiful Women in India Award Won

References

  1. ^ "Long distance love". The Telegraph. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Gahlaut, Kanika (16 June 2003). "Not an item". India Today. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Kharade, Pallavi (9 August 2006). "'People like anything about celebrities'". Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2012. Very few people know that, being a Maharashtrian, Anusha speaks fluent Marathi. 
  4. ^ Sen, Zinia (1 July 2009). "I've never faced racism". Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Anusha Dandekar in no rush to get married soon". Times of India. December 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Anusha Dandekar not keen to work on small screen". Times of India. December 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Cosmopolitan awards 2008". masala.com. 25 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "We need to bring back concept of supermodels: Anusha Dandekar". Zee News. July 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Anusha Dandekar, Lisa Haydon launch 'India's Next Top Model'". Sify. 1998–2014. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Mulla, Zainab (January 9, 2017). "Anusha Dandekar birthday: MTV Love School 2 hosts Karan Kundra & Anusha Dandekar are truly in love!". India.com. 
  11. ^ "Can you recognise this young girl? She has grown up to be one of India's most popular VJ". Times of India. 
  12. ^ "Here are the talkies!". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  13. ^ "Anthony Kaun Hai". Zee News. October 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "How Anusha overcame her nauvari woes". Pune Times. June 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Anusha's Better Than Your EX!". MTV India. 7 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Chaudhuri, Nupur (April 29, 2012). "MARATHI MULGI GETS HER DUE". Times of India. 
  17. ^ "OC INTERVIEW: OPEN CHEST INTERVIEW WITH MTV VEEJAY, ANUSHA DANDEKAR". openchest.com. 

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