Meet actor who stole everyone's hearts with debut film but one fatal accident changed her life forever

This actor had a blockbuster debut in Bollywood but everything changed for her when her life hit a rough patch as she had a major accident leaving her in coma for nearly a month.

Updated on Jun 11, 2024  |  04:19 PM IST |  40.5K
Meet actor who had a blockbuster debut but one fatal accident changed her life forever
Pic Courtesy: Anu Aggarwal Instagram

The luckiest are those who taste success right from their debut film in Bollywood. Despite that, we've also seen that a successful debut doesn’t ensure one’s destiny and luck in the industry. There are examples of several one-movie wonders who had a rock-solid start but couldn’t sustain long in the glitzy, glamorous world. One such actress we’re talking about is none other than Aashiqui fame Anu Aggarwal.

Early life of Anu Aggarwal

After completing her studies at Delhi University, she had a brief stint in modeling and VJing. She also appeared in the 1988 Doordarshan serial, Isi Bahane. Nevertheless, Mahesh Bhatt’s 1990 release Aashiqui co-starring debutant Rahul Roy proved to be her claim to fame.

Life of Anu Aggarwal after blockbuster debut Aashiqui

Soon after the blockbuster film's release, the lead cast became huge stars with the best-selling soul-stirring musical album consisting of several unforgettable songs. She later went on to feature in movies like King Uncle, Khal-Naaikaa, and Janam Kundli among others, but none of them could match the success of her debut release.

In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, the yesteryear actress admitted the fact that despite working with big directors of that time, she wanted to find herself and inner happiness. She started practicing Yoga to lead a better life. Aggarwal was last seen in the 1996 film Return of Jewel Thief.


Anu Aggarwal's positive belief helped her heal from a tragic accident 

Meanwhile, Aggarwal's life took a tragic U-Turn when she had a major accident in 1999. She was in a coma for 29 days, which erased her memory. Even the doctors went on to tell her that she would survive for 3 years, but she remained certain that she would heal.

“Everything I had learned I applied on myself and healed myself. Then, I started yoga therapy for slum kids, and then I was later recognized by other organizations where I gave talks,” she had shared with us.

Annu Aggarwal's work front

On the professional front, Anu Aggarwal has an institution where she teaches yoga and encourages people to take care of their minds and body.

In addition to this, back in 2020, reflecting on her comeback, she shared with us, “In fact, there are some acting things happening. There is my book (Anusual) that Netflix wants to adapt as a series. I am in talks for it. It is my story, so I want to be very sure about it, want it to be perfect."


Meanwhile, speaking to Hindustan Times last year, she had expressed her interest in signing a project with a ‘great script’. She revealed that she has been listening to narrations and meeting people in business. The announcement will be made after everything gets locked.

The details of her project are yet awaited, but her fight with destiny is an inspiration to many.

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