Anu Prabhakar (born 9 November 1980), also known by her married name Anu Prabhakar Mukherjee, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly appears in Kannada films and is from Mangalore.
Anu in TeachAIDS interview in 2013
9 November 1980
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Krishna Kumar (m. 2002–2014)
Raghu Mukherjee (m. 2016)
Anu was born in Bangalore to M. V. Prabhakar, an employee with Bharat Heavy Electricals, and dubbing artiste and actress Gayathri Prabhakar. She has an older brother, Vikram. Anu grew up in the Malleswaram suburb of Bangalore, and was educated in the Nirmala Rani High School there. During the time, she appeared as a child artiste in the Kannada films Chapala Chennigaraya (1990), Shanti Kranti (1991), and the English film Mysteries of the Dark Jungle (1990). While she dropped out of college when her career as a heroine took off she later went on to pursue a Master's degree in sociology from Karnataka University through correspondence.
Anu made her debut as a heroine in 1999 with Hrudaya Hrudaya opposite Shiva Rajkumar and soon became a top rung heroine in Kannada films. She has co-starred with superstar Vishnuvardhan in several films like Soorappa, Jamindarru, Hrudayavantha, Sahukaara and Varsha. She went on to act in a few Tamil movies as well.
Anu Prabhakar was honoured by Bangalore's Kolada Math, with the title 'Abhinaya Saraswathi' for her performance in various films. She has won other awards such as 'Kannada State Government best actress award 2000–01' and 'Cinema Express best actress'.
Anu married Krishna Kumar, the son of actress Jayanthi in March 2002. Citing differences between them, they divorced in January 2014. In April 2016, she married Raghu Mukherjee, a model-turned-actor. They have a daughter named Nandana.
|1990||Mysteries of the Dark Jungle||English|
|1991||Shanti Kranti||Kannada||Child Actor|
|1999||Hrudaya Hrudaya||Usha||Kannada||Debut as Lead Actress|
|2000||Hoo Anthiya Uhoo Anthiya||Kannada|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala||Kannada|
|2001||Shaapa||Kaveri||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|2002||Thavarige Baa Thangi||Gowri||Kannada|
|2002||Olu Saar Bari Olu||Kannada|
|2003||Nan Hendthi Maduve||Kannada|
|2003||Nee Illade Naa Illa Kane||Kannada|
|2003||Preethi Prema Pranaya||Kannada|
|2004||Bisi Bisi||Radha Ramesh||Kannada|
|2004||Ok Saar Ok||Kannada|
|2004||Preethi Nee Illade Naa Hyagirali||Chandramathi||Kannada|
|2007||No 73, Shanthi Nivasa||Neetha||Kannada|
|2007||Sri Dhanamma Devi||Sri Dhanamma Devi||Kannada|
|2008||Mussanje Maathu||Shwetha||Kannada||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kannada)|
|2010||Banashankari Devi Mahatme||Kannada|
|2010||Pareekshe||Bangari||Kannada||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|2012||Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri||Kannada|
|2014||Fair & Lovely||Kannada|
|2016||Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja||Kannada|
|2017||Once More Kaurava||Kannada|
|TBA||Akka||Akka Mahadevi / Jyoti||Kannada||Filming|
- Bale Bangara
- Home Minister
- Shrimati Karnataka
- Manju Musukida Haadi
- Nooru Dinagalu
- Triveni Sangama
- Prabhakar, Anu. TV9 Mareyalaare: Actress Anu Prabhakar Shares Sweet Memories of Her Life Time - Full (in Kannada). Bangalore, India: TV9 Kannada. Event occurs at 15:00. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "Anu Prabhakar mum on her separation from her husband". The Times of India. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "I try to keep my characters alive". Deccan Herald. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Kannada actress, Anu Prabhakar, plays role in TeachAIDS production". TeachAIDS. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- "Actors Anu Prabhakar and Raghu Mukherjee tie the knot". The Hindu. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "'Mussanje' bags best film award". The Hindu. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
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