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|Occupation||Playback Singer, MC, Actor, Voice Artist, Radio Jockey, Television Show Host|
Anuj comes from a family of educators. His father, Yogendra Gurwara, and mother, Jyoti Gurwara, are educationists and run a school, Sherwood Public School, Hyderabad.
Anuj started his career working as a copywriter and content developer for various design firms and advertising agencies. After a short stint with a theatre group, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment.
In 2009 Anuj debuted as playback singer for Tollywood, not knowing how to speak Telugu. Under the direction of M. M. Keeravani, he sang a song, "Panchadara Bomma", for the Telugu film, Magadheera, one of the highest-grossing Telugu films ever. Along with the success of the film, the song, Panchadara Bomma, grew to be a massive hit and established Anuj as a fresh new voice in the world of music.
S. S. Rajamouli, the director of Magadheera, stated in an article - "I opine that Panchadara Bomma is the best song in my career". The song was also declared Top Telugu Song of the year 2009 by various media channels, including newspapers, FM radios and television channels, winning awards across various platforms.
The song "Panchadara Bomma" is said to have singularly generated revenues of over Rs 30 million from mobile phone ringtone downloads, which is said to be a record that no other song in Telugu cinema has yet matched.
Panchadara Bomma also earned Anuj his first ever Filmfare trophy. He was awarded Best Male Playback Singer in a star-studded ceremony in Chennai on 7 August 2010. Anuj's Hindi singing debut happened in 2012, in the form of Makkhi, the dubbed version of the superhit Telugu film, Eega. Apart from singing two songs in then film, he also penned the lyrics for two songs.
In 2019, Anuj released his first ever independent single - Amma Bawa - India's first ever Hyderabadi (Deccani/Dakhni) Pop Song. Composed by Sanket Sane, Anuj wrote and sang the song and released it on Times Music YouTube channel. The song went on to cross the 2 million views mark on YouTube within 9 days of its release, becoming a runaway hit.
Anuj has been actively performing in India and abroad at various corporate shows and public gigs after his award-winning singing debut.
He has performed across the United States of America to packed audiences. Invited by the Indian associations in various cities, he has set benchmarks with his energetic and fun performances in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, San Antonio, Columbus, Philadelphia, Chicago, Bloomington, etc.
Master of CeremoniesEdit
Being an RJ and an actor, Anuj diversified himself as an MC. From hosting formal events to large parties and concerts, Anuj has established himself as one of the most popular Master of Ceremonies. He has hosted events, big and small, for a large number of corporate companies and Event Managers.
Anuj's understanding of the pulse of an event, appropriate sense of humor, smooth integration of various elements, personalised involvement with the crowd and respect to the theme of the event, has made him a preferred MC for various kinds of events.
Actor - Film and TheatreEdit
In 2003, while pursuing acting, Anuj got a call from Nagesh Kukunoor for Hyderabad Blues 2. After this, Anuj auditioned for Sekhar Kammula. Sekhar had won the National Film Award for his directorial debut in Dollar Dreams. He cast Anuj as the 2nd lead for his film Anand, which released in 2004. Anand was a massive hit and Anuj received good reviews for his part.
Anuj has been an active theatre actor in Hyderabad since 1999, as part of various Theatre productions. He has showcased his talent as an actor and received positive reviews for his performance.
Anuj's theatre production - The Open Couple, which he acted in and co-produced as well, earned nominations in five categories at the prestigious Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2014, including a Best Actor nomination for Anuj. After performing across the country, the play was also invited to be a part of the National Centre for the Performing Arts' Cheer! Comedy festival, where they performed to a sold-out audience.
He went on to play 3 important characters in Lillete Dubey's acclaimed play - Gauhar, performing on some of the most prestigious stages across India, including Prithvi Theatre, NCPA, Siri Fort Auditorium, Tagore Theatre and many more.
In 2005, Anuj auditioned for All India Radio. He was selected and started hosting music-based shows on Yuvavani. Following All India Radio, Anuj worked for Radio Biryani, a private radio program setup that aired on the AIR frequency. That year, Anuj was awarded Best RJ (Hindi) for his show, Naach Meri Jaan. Anuj's joined Radio City 91.1 FM in 2006. The station was setting up in Hyderabad, one of the first private FM stations in the city.
Anuj began hosting an evening drive time show, Recharge, six days a week, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. He played popular Hindi music and maintained high energy, wit and humor throughout the three hours. The show was a hit right in its early days. It struck a chord with the evening listenership that would drive back from work, and as Anuj would say, "recharge" their batteries on their way home. Anuj enjoyed immense popularity through the show. The name stuck with him and he is fondly called RJ "Recharge" Anuj to this day. Anuj shifted to the 5:00–9:00 pm time slot after a year, yet, commanded a dedicated listenership in Hyderabad.
Owing to his personal connect and popularity with listeners, he was awarded "No.1 RJ across All-India Radio City" for the year 2006-07. Anuj was soon shifted to the morning show, The Radio City Breakfast Show, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, where he, with Shraddha, gave a fun and energetic start to the day. The chirpy, positive and friendly banter between them had Hyderabad tuned in every morning. In February 2008, Anuj was awarded "India's Best Radio Host for 2007-08" in a nationwide search.
Anuj quit Radio City in July 2008, after the station changed its language mix to a more regional sound.
In February 2006, Anuj became a VJ with SS Music. He won the VJ Factor 2, a hunt for VJs in South India. Out of about 5000 people who competed, Anuj was one of the four winners. It was a short-lived role as Anuj got an opportunity in Radio City, Hyderabad soon after.
Travel show hostEdit
Anuj hosted a travel-based television show called Road To Paradise, on Travel Trendz TV, in 2011. The show, in English and Hindi, was based on an adventure-exploration theme, where Anuj rode a bike across India, followed by two cameras, exploring hidden locales, tourist spots, music, dance, food and culture.
Voice work and writingEdit
Anuj Gurwara is a freelance voice-over artist and script writer for various ad films, radio spots, documentaries, films, training modules and e-learning projects. In 2009, Gurwara became part of India's first ever PlayStation 2 game, Hanuman, as the voice of Hanuman in Hindi and English. He also regularly dubs for characters in films.
As writer and dubbing incharge, one of Gurwara's major projects was the entire language conversion of the Telugu film Eega into its Hindi version, Makkhi. Anuj was responsible for writing the Hindi version of the film, casting voice actors as well as directing the entire dub of the film, apart from dubbing for the main lead, played by Nani. Anuj also sang two songs, while debuting as lyricist for two songs.
Anuj is the official Hindi voice of the Marvel Superhero Falcon. He has dubbed for Falcon's voice in all of Marvel superhero films where the character appears.
He occasionally writes columns for newspapers as well.
|2009||Magadheera||Panchadara Bomma||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu||57th Filmfare Awards South Award (Best Singer) |
MAA TV's CineMAA Awards (Best Singer)
South Scope Cinema Award (Best Singer)
Big 92.7FM Music Awards (Best Singer)
Big 92.7FM Music Awards (Song of the Year)
Mirchi Music Awards (Song of the Year)
Radio City 91.1FM Awards (Best Singer)
Radio City 91.1FM Awards (Song of the Year)
Aalapana Music Awards (Best Singer)
|Pravarakhyudu||Emaipoyano (O My Love)||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|2010||Young India||Young India||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Vedam||Prapancham Naaventosthunte||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu||Nidadholu Pilla (Jathara Song)||V. Selvaganesh||Telugu|
|Badmash||Ninna Monna||Vandemataram Srinivas||Telugu|
|Jhummandi Naadam||Yem Sakkagunavro||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Adi Nuvve||Nuvvantene Ishtam||Jeevan Thomas||Telugu|
|Graduate||Ninnala Nenu Lenu||Sandeep||Telugu|
|26 Kingston||Nee Vallu Jadalo||Vishnu||Telugu|
|2011||Anaganaga O Dheerudu||Ninnu Chudani||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Prema Kavali||Listen to My Heart||Anoop Rubens||Telugu|
|Badrinaath||Ambadari (Remix)||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Brahmigaadi Katha||Cheppaleni Maatayedho||Koti||Telugu|
|2012||SMS (Shiva Manasulo Shruti)||"Chikki Chikki Baby||V. Selvaganesh||Telugu|
|Eega||Lava Lava||M. M. Keeravani||Telugu|
|Makkhi||Thoda Hans Ke||MM Kreem||Hindi||Hindi Singing Debut|
|Makkhi||Lava Lava||MM Kreem||Hindi||Hindi Singing Debut|
|2019||(Independent Single)||Amma Bawa||Sanket Sane||Dakhni||India's first ever Hyderabadi Pop Song. Anuj's debut as an independent singer-songwriter.|
|2012||Makkhi||"Thoda Hans Ke"||Anuj Gurwara||MM Kreem||Hindi||Debut|
|"Sapnon Ki Ek"||Kaala Bhairava||MM Kreem||Hindi||Debut|
|2019||(Independent Single)||Amma Bawa||Anuj Gurwara||Sanket Sane||Hyderabadi||Debut as independent singer-songwriter.|
Live Action TelevisionEdit
|2004||Hyderabad Blues 2||Azam||Nagesh Kukunoor||Elahe Hiptoola, Nagesh Kukunoor||Hindi/English||Cinema|
|2004||Anand||Rahul Agarwal||Sekhar Kammula||Amigos Creations Pvt Ltd||Telugu||Cinema|
|2007||FM: Fun Aur Masti||Hussain||Hindi|
|2010||Maryada Ramanna||Ghanshyamdas||S. S. Rajamouli||Arka Media Works||Telugu||Cinema|
|2013||Daanav Hunters||School Teacher||Prakash Kovelamudi||Arka Media Works||Hindi||EPIC|
|2012||Road To Paradise||Travel Show Host||Jiju V John||Videosource Studios||English||Travel Trendz TV|
|2016||24 (season 2)||Hotel Guest||Karan Boolani||Anil Kapoor
Ramesh Deo Productions
|2017||The Big Fat City||Murali||Mahesh Dattani||Trickitainment||Hindi||Netflix|
Filmography (Dialogue Writer)Edit
|2012||Makkhi||S. S. Rajamouli||Hindi||October 2012||Dubbed version of Eega and also dubbed for Nani|
Theatrical Productions (Actor)Edit
|1999||Maharshi Pingali's Sparsh||Maharshi Pingali||Spirare|
|2001||Shards (a compilation)||Noel Naveen Raj||The Theatre Buffs|
|2002||Neil Simon's The Good Doctor – series||Arvind Mittal||Expressions|
|2002||Neil Simon's God's Favorite||Pranava Singhal||Dramatic Circle Hyderabad|
|2003||David Ives' Sure Thing||Shriti Khandelwal||The Manna Makers|
|2003||Erich Segal's Love Story – a reading||Shriti Khandelwal||The Manna Makers|
|2003||Jean-Paul Sartre's The Respectful Prostitute||Shriti Khandelwal||The Manna Makers|
|2008||Joh Mann's Karaoke Killer||Mala Pasha||The Torn Curtains|
|2008||Farrukh Dhondy's Bollox||Pranava Singhal||Dramatic Circle Hyderabad|
|2008||Vaishali Bisht's Write, Rite & Right||Vaishali Bisht||Vaishali Bisht Theatre Workshop|
|2008||Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus||Pranava Singhal||Dramatic Circle Hyderabad|
|2009||Hugh Leonard's Pizzazz||RK Shenoy||Dramanon|
|2009||Woody Allen's God – a reading||Vijay Marur||The Little Theatre|
|2010||Jack Richardson's Gallows Humor||Vaishali Bisht||Vaishali Bisht Theatre Workshop|
|2013||Dario Fo's The Open Couple||Faraz Khan||71mm|
|2015–2016||Mahesh Dattani's Gauhar Jaan||Lillete Dubey||Primetime Theatre Co.|
Live action television seriesEdit
|Program title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Airdate||Dubbed Airdate||Notes|
|House of Cards||Mahershala Ali||Remy Danton||Hindi||English||1 February 2013 – present||Hindi version available on Netflix India.|
|The Falcon and The Winter Soldier||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson (Marvel Cinematic Universe)||Hindi||English||Hindi version available on Disney+ Hotstar|
Live action filmsEdit
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year Release||Dub Year Release||Notes|
|Makkhi||Nani||Nani (Jani in Hindi version)||Hindi||Telugu||2012||2012||Anuj was also the Dubbing Director, Script Writer, Lyricist, and Playback Singer in the Hindi version.|
Hindi dubbing performed alongside Sravana Bhargavi, who voiced Samantha Akkineni as Bindu, and Sudeep, who voiced himself as Sudeep in Hindi.
|The Admiral: Roaring Currents||Unknown actor||Unknown character||Hindi
|Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans||Aadil Chahal||Kashmiri||English||Hindi||2014||2014|
|Jason Bourne||Ato Essandoh||Craig Jeffers||Hindi||English||2016||2016|
|Morgan||Boyd Holbrook||Skip Vronsky||Hindi||English||2016||2016|
|Ghostbusters||Chris Hemsworth||Kevin Beckman||Hindi||English||2016||2016|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi||John Boyega||Finn||Hindi||English||2017||2017||Damandeep Singh Baggan dubbed this character in the previous film in this series.|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2014||2014||Performed alongside Joy Sengupta, who voiced Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and Manish Wadhwa, who voiced Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in Hindi.|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2015||2015||Performed alongside Joy Sengupta, who voiced Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America in Hindi.|
|Ant-Man||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2015||2015||Performed alongside Sahil Vaid, who voiced Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in Hindi.|
|Captain America: Civil War||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2016||2016||Performed alongside Manish Wadhwa, who voiced Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, and Sumit Kaul, who voiced Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther in Hindi.|
|Poorna: Courage Has No Limit||Newsreader||Hindi||Hindi||2017||2017|
|Avengers: Infinity War||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2018||2018||Performed alongside Joy Sengupta, who voiced Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and Manish Wadhwa, who voiced Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in Hindi.|
|Avengers: Endgame||Anthony Mackie||Sam Wilson / Falcon||Hindi||English||2019||2019||Performed alongside Joy Sengupta, who voiced Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and Manish Wadhwa, who voiced Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in Hindi.|
|2005||All India Radio||Yuvavani English|
|2005||Radio Biryani||Naach Meri Jaan|
|2006–2008||Radio City 91.1FM||Recharge!||Mon-Sat 8:00–11:00pm|
|City Joyride||Mon-Sat 5:00–7:00pm|
|The Radio City Breakfast Show||Mon-Sat 7:00–11:00am|
|The Great Indian Countdown||Saturdays, 7:00–9:00pm|
|2012–2013||Radiowalla.in||Matinee Masala||Mondays 12noon-3pm|
- 57th Filmfare Awards South - Best Male Playback Singer (Telugu) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- MAA TV's CineMAA Awards - Best Male Playback Singer for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- South Scope Best Male Playback Singer Award for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Mirchi Music Awards South 2010 - Listener's Choice Best Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Mirchi Music Awards South 2010 - Best Playback Singer (Nominated) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Radio City 91.1 FM - Best Playback Singer (Male) for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Radio City 91.1 FM - Best Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Big 92.7 FM Ugadi Music Awards 2010 - Best Upcoming Singer of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Big 92.7 FM Ugadi Music Awards 2010 - Best Love Song of the Year for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Aalapana Music Awards 2010 - Best Upcoming Playback Singer for "Panchadara Bomma" (Magadheera; 2009)
- Listed in Top 50 Achievers of South India for 2009-10 by Avant Garde Magazine Hyderabad (Nov 2010)
- Youth Achiever Award by The Passionate Foundation
- "Jade of Hyderabad" for exemplary services to the event industry, by Telangana Chamber of Events Industry
- 2005 - Best RJ (Hindi) - Radio Lovers Association of Hyderabad - Radio Biryani
- 2007 - Best RJ (Male) - All India Radio City stations - Radio City 91.1fm - Radio City 91.1fm
- 2008 - India's Best Radio Host - Radio Duniya Magazine - Radio City 91.1fm
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