That shy girl from 1990’s hit ‘Aashiqui’, Anu, rose to stardom overnight. She was termed ‘the next thing’ in Bollywood. Not-so-timid anymore, Anu was known for her brazen choices in the 90’s. She played a racy princess in Mani Kaul’s internationally acclaimed erotica film ‘The Cloud Door’ and acted in a flavored condom advertisement in 1991.
But as fate had it, she never quite made it big. By 1994, she disappeared. Anu has mentioned in her biography ‘Anusual: Memoirs of a girl who came back from the dead’, how she discovered her path to spiritual enlightenment through tantric lovemaking and sex.
“I FEEL FORTUNATE TO NOT HAVE LEFT A LEAF UNTURNED, OR A BUTTON UNHOOKED, IN MY EXPLORATION OF SEXUALITY, SENSUALITY, OR JUST AN HONEST HUMAN CONNECT WITH MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX.”
In 1999, Anu met with a near-death accident. She spent 29 days in a coma. However, when she woke up on the 30th day, she was not the same Anu anymore. She had forgotten 16 years of her life and had no personality of her own. She was unaware of her own conscience. This severe accident had left half her face paralyzed and broken 29 bones in her body. She was suffering from amnesia. However, Anu takes this accident as a stride in her favor. She calls it a threshold to her spiritual journey.
After re-discovering herself through ‘DIY healing’ – as Anu calls it – she moved on to bring light into others’ lives. She experimented with vipassana, craniosacral therapy and tantra across ashrams in Uttarakhand and Kutch. She is not just a sanyasi today, she teaches the art of self-healing through yoga to slum children at no cost at all.
She released her autobiography this August and, undoubtedly, the book has earned rave reviews. It’s moving yet inspiring. Anu Aggarwal has given meaning to life after death. Her campaign ‘AnuFun Yoga’ aims to draw more children and adolescents to the realm of yoga and healing .
“Heal the children, heal the world.”
Watch this video to see how Anu Aggarwal evolved from a sexy Bollywood siren to a selfless philanthropist: