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|Native name||अनुषा दांडेकर|
9 January 1982 |
|Occupation||VJ, Host, actress, Singer|
Dandekar was born on 9 January 1982 in Khartoum, Sudan to a Marathi Chitpavan brahminfamily originally from Pune, India. Her and her sisters, actress and model Shibani and Apeksha Dandekar grew up in Kingsgrove, New South Wales, a suburb in Sydney, Australia.
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 for the network. In 2008, she won Best VJ at the Cosmopolitian Fun Fearless Female Awards. As of 2014, Dandekar is a judge on India's Next Top Model along side model-actress Lisa Haydon.
In 2003, Dandekar made her acting debut in Bollywood with Mumbai Matinee and went on to do Viruddh in 2005, alongside Bollywood veterans Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sharmila Tagore and John Abraham. Her performance in the film won her the Best Debut Award at the Maharashtra Times Awards in 2006. 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. In 2012, she made her Marathi film debut with her role in Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|Better Than Your Ex||2012||—||—||—||Single|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Mumbai Matinee||2003||Anusha the Temptress|
|Anthony Kaun Hai||2006||Rosa|
|City of Gold (2010)||2010||Manasi|
|Delhi Belly||2011||VJ Sophaya|
|Jai Jai Maharashtra Maaza||2012||Ashwini Stevenson|
List of awards and nominations received by Dandekar:
|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|||
|2010||Herself||Femina's List of 50 Most Beautiful Women in India Award||Won|
Very few people know that, being a Maharashtrian, Anusha speaks fluent Marathi.
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