Anu Aggarwal told that, after the grand success of ‘Aashiqui’, the kind of attention and love I got from people was tremendous. (File photo)
Anu Aggarwal said that the love I got from people after the success of ‘Aashiqui’ was tremendous. When I used to go out for swimming or dinner, the fans used to take my autograph; Not only this, people used to stand outside my house to get a glimpse of me.
In 2015, Anu wrote an autobiography, titled Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead. In this, he told about the journey of his life from a casual model to a reluctant actor and beyond films. Recently, the actress also launched her audiobook. In an interview to ETimes, Anu Aggarwal talks about films, fame and destiny changing the perception of life.
How did you get into the acting field?
We started shooting for ‘Aashiqui’ in January and my mind changed when I started acting. I did not want to go back to modeling. My life changed after ‘Aashiqui’; I became a star overnight.After the success of your film, how did you manage the fame?
The kind of attention and love that I received from people after the grand success of ‘Aashiqui’ was tremendous. I was in this city on my own wish because my parents lived in Delhi. When I used to go out for swimming or dinner, the fans used to come and take my autograph; Not only this, people used to stand outside my house to get a glimpse of me.
I was not ready for stardom at all. I did not know how to react to stardom or how to deal with it. I had never dreamed of becoming an actor. I was a social worker and my dream was to work with the United Nations.
In fact, I was working towards slum development. Therefore, my field of work was completely different, and now I feel amazing that this has happened to me. And today, when you ask me this, I feel very grateful.
What kind of rolls were given to you after Aashiqui?
I was actually given some amazing rolls, but I was adamant that I would only do strong rolls. Instead of running around the trees and doing nothing remarkable, I wanted to portray a woman in a strong role. And as luck would have it, I got a call from Rakesh Roshan and Mani Ratnam. I was also offered a good role in a Hollywood film. So I had some good projects in my hand, but I always wanted to read a script beforehand. Some films worked, but some did not work in my favor. At the same time, I was also modeling as MTV was launched in India in 1993. I was one of the few celebrities who used to do brand endorsement at that time. Otherwise, some cricketers used to do endorsement only.