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Anu Aggarwal

Anu Aggarwal

Aggarwal was born on 11 January 1969 in New Delhi, and was raised in Chennai. She was a gold medalist in sociology at Delhi University. After a brief stint in modelling, and VJing, she made her Bollywood debut with the musical blockbuster Aashiqui, following which she was much in demand. In 1999, she had a near fatal accident in Mumbai and was treated at Breach Candy Hospital, to recuperate after a 29­day coma.She lives in Bihar and is single. She practices yoga at the Bihar school of yoga in Munger, Bihar. She is also an amateur power­lifter and after her accident has competed in many power­lifting competitions. She quoted in one of her interviews "To feel strong, to walk amongst humans with a tremendous feeling of confidence and superiority is not at all wrong. The sense of superiority in bodily strength is borne out by the long history of mankind paying homage in folklore, song and poetry to strong women". Nowadays,She is reserved for teaching Mumbai’s slum kids AnuFun Yoga, a healing module she developed after years of experimenting with Vipassana, Craniosacral therapy and Tantra across ashrams in Uttarakhand and Kutch. She teaches it for free. Sanyas mandates that she live frugally, rid herself of the burden of possession. Sometimes, that means shorning her waist­length hair to ear­length; at others, it is to sell off her sea­facing Worli apartment, leaving with 11 cartons — 10 of them ready to be sent to Dharavi NGO Zaroorat. In 2015, Aggarwal wrote an auto­biography titled "Anusual­ Memoir of a Girl who Came Back from the Dead" recounting her times in Bollywood and the accident that changed her life.

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