Abhinaya Anand was born as a special child to her parents – special not only because of her disabilities but because of her abilities as well. She could not hear or speak right from birth, but her talent as an actress and model came out quite early in her childhood.
At first glance, one won’t know that she is speech- or hearing-impaired but what one would notice is her beautiful and innocent face. And her acting skills will surely make the viewer feel compelled to appreciate her for her talent.
Now a renowned actress of the South Indian film industry, she was born to Anand, an ex-serviceman and a minor film artist, and his wife Hemlatha on November 13, 1991 in Kadalur district of Karnataka.
Though born with a serious problem, she overcame a major part of it with years of therapy and training.
She has been a part of a number of advertisements ever since her childhood as her interest in modeling and acting was well recognized and encouraged by her father.
She discontinued her education after the 10th standard to concentrate on her acting and modeling career. As an adolescent, she had perfected the art of lip-reading in English and sign language. Abhinaya could write her dialogues in English and practice the script with the help of her mother.
She also underwent a major surgery after which she could hear with the help of a hearing aids. Her co-stars also helped her and with all the support and determination, she could do most of parts in the films without retakes, even as a teenager.
At a young age of 17, she was spotted by director Samuthirakani while he was searching for a fresh face for his film ‘Naadodigal’. And then Abhinaya made her debut into the film industry with in 2009.
She won the Filmfare for Best Female Debut – South and Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.
Despite the fact that her voice was dubbed, she performed so well in the film that she reprised her role in its Kannada and Telugu remakes as well. The Telugu remake of the film was ‘Shambo Shiva Shambo’ for which Abhinaya won Filmfare Award For Best Supporting Actress – Telugu in 2010.
Since then, she has done a number of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. Prominent among them are ‘Thani Oruvan’, its Telugu remake ‘Dhruva’ and ‘Raju Gari Gadhi 2’.
Two of her films, ‘Chandrudu’ in Telugu and ‘Vizhithiru’ in Tamil are in their post-production stage and will be coming up soon.
Her self-taught dancing skills are equally impressive as her acting prowess. It is for her supreme all-round for acting and dancing that she made her Bollywood debut in 2015 with the film ‘Shamitabh’. Her knack for acting soon got recognized by bigger names and she was selected by internationally-acclaimed Assamese filmmaker and music composer Rupam Sarmah to play the lead role in his upcoming international film ‘Possibility in Disability’ earlier this year.