Priya Anand

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Priya Anand
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Priya Anand during the promotional event of Rangrezz
Born(1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 (age 27)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2009–present
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Priya Anand
Priya Anand.jpg
Priya Anand during the promotional event of Rangrezz
Born(1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 (age 27)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2009–present

Priya Anand (born 17 September 1986) is an Indian film actress and model who appears in Tamil and Telugu films including, Leader[2] and Vaamanan.[3]

Early life

Anand was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu as the only child to a Tamilian father Bharadwaj Anand and a half Telugu, half Marathi mother Radha.[4] Because of her mixed regional background, she was brought up in both her parents' hometowns, Chennai and Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, becoming fluent in Tamil and Telugu.[4] Besides her mother tongues, Anand is proficient in English,[5] Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Spanish languages as well.[4]

Anand became fascinated with films, developing an interest in cinema, since childhood, and noted that she has been dreaming of getting into the film industry and working on technical aspects of film making, but confesses she never thought of becoming an actor.[4][5] She moved to the U. S., where she pursued her higher studies.[5] Keeping her later career in mind, she studied Communications and Journalism at the University at Albany.[4] After completing her education, she returned to India in 2008 and since, stays with her grandparents in Chennai. However, she then ventured into modeling, appearing in various Television advertisements like Nutrine Maha Lacto, Prince Jewellery and Cadbury Dairy Milk.[4]


She was subsequently receiving acting offers from directors, who had seen her television commercials. She was initially supposed to make her acting debut in the Tamil film Pugaippadam, which she signed up first, but since its release was delayed until 2010, her first release became the action-thriller Vaamanan, directed by newcomer Ahmed. She was signed for the project in late 2008 to portray Divya, a simple girl next door, whom the male lead character, essayed by Jai, would fall in love with. The film created some anticipation before its release, mainly due to its hit music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, which enabled a big opening,[6][7] with the song "Aedho Saigirai", which was picturized on her, being considered as her "claim-to-fame" that made her popular among Tamil audience, and being dubbed as a "Priya song".[8][9] However the film got a lukewarm reception and fared only averagely at the Chennai box office.

In 2010, three of her films released within a short span of time, the first on New Year 2010, which was the college-life based drama Pugaippadam, a film revolving around the friendship between seven students. Anand enacted the character of one of the student roles, a Malayali Christian named Shiney George.[10] The film opened to mixed reviews and proved to be commercially unsuccessful. She next starred in her first Telugu film, AVM Productions' Sekhar Kammula directed political drama Leader, alongside newcomers Rana Daggubati and Richa Gangopadhyay. She recalls that an assistant director of Kammula had found her on Facebook and invited her and how she had to audition thrice for the film to prove herself and eventually got the offer.[4][5] She played Ratna Prabha, a television channel reporter and friend to a young man, who would later go on to become a political leader. Although her screen presence in the film was very limited, her performance garnered overwhelming response and was well received,[2][11] while the film itself earned positive reviews and became a critical success.[4] The Dil Raju-produced family entertainer Rama Rama Krishna Krishna was her last 2010 release, in which she plays the love interest of the film's male protagonist. She next starred in 180, a bilingual Tamil-Telugu project by ad filmmaker Jayendra,[12] which was her only release in 2011. In the second half of 2011, she filmed for her debut Hindi film English Vinglish, produced by R. Balki,[13] in which she had shared screen with Sridevi, who Anand admires and considers her as her idol. Anand said: "I signed this film just to be up and close to an artist who has influenced me and to be part of something that was so important to her. I'm doing this movie as her fan and I'm fortunate enough to play a very important part in her journey in the film".[14]

She is currently filming simultaneously for three Tamil films, notably featuring the sons of prominent 1980s Tamil actors in the lead roles. Arima Nambi features Vikram Prabhu, Irumbu Kuthirai stars Adharvaa Murali and Vai Raja Vai features her opposite Gautham Karthik in the lead role.[15][16] She has also been signed up to play the female lead opposite Vimal in Kannan's next film, in which she will play Annapoorni, an educated young woman from Madurai.[17]


2010PugaippadamShiney GeorgeTamil
2010LeaderRatna PrabhaTelugu
2010Rama Rama Krishna KrishnaPriyaTelugu
2011NootrenbadhuRenuka NarayananTamil
2012English VinglishRadhaHindi
2012Ko Antey KotiSathyaTelugu
2013RangrezzMegha JoshiHindi
2013Ethir NeechalGeethaTamil
2013Vanakkam ChennaiAnjali RajamohanTamil
2014Vai Raja VaiTamilFilming
2014Arima NambiAnamikaTamilFilming
2014Irumbu KuthiraiTamilFilming
2014Untitled Kannan projectAnnapoorniTamilPre-production


On 20 June 2011, Anand was chosen as the ambassador for the "Save the Children" campaign for both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.[18]


  1. ^ Happy Birthday To Priya Anand. September 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Prakash, BVS (19 April 2010). "T-town's lucky debutants". Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Settu Shankar Priya Anand debuts through Vaamanan. September 8, 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Interview with Priya Anand". 
  5. ^ a b c d Rajamani, Radhika (5 February 2010). "'I had to audition thrice for Leader'". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Moviebuzz (24 June 2009). "Vaamanan to release on July 3". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Moviebuzz (9 July 2009). "Will it be Jai Ho this Friday?". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "I'm single: Priya Anand". The Times of India. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Priya Anand: Little Miss Sunshine". The Times of India. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Manikandan, K R (5 January 2010). "For friendship’s sake". Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (5 February 2010). "'Many thought my acting as Ratna was natural'". Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Suganth, M (12 May 2010). "Changing focus". Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Priya completes shoot for English Vinglish". The Times Of India. 2011-11-20. 
  14. ^ "Priya Anand: Working with her idol". The Times Of India. 2011-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Vikram Prabhu signs his next flick!". The Times of India. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Priya Anand pairs opposite Gautam Karthik". The Times of India. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Actor Priya Anand announces support for Save the Children. June 20. Retrieved on 2012-02-04.

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