Anjali is an award-winning Indian film actress and model, who predominantly appears in Tamil, Telugu and a few Kannada films. Following a stint in modelling, she was cast in starring roles in two Telugu productions; her debut film was the Telugu film Photo, which released in 2006, before bagging a role and gaining attention in the film Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutante.
In 2010 and 2011, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, for her performances in Angaadi Theru and Engaeyum Eppothum respectively, subsequently becoming recognised as one of the “finest young actors” in Tamil cinema, and noted for mostly playing “performance-oriented roles”.
Her Telugu re-entry occurred through Journey (Telugu dubbing of Engaeyum Eppothum), which established her in Tollywood. Followed by Journey, she appeared in a string of successful films like Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Balupu, Masala, Geethanjali and Dictator, which made her one of the leading actresses in Telugu. In 2015, she appeared in the successful Kannada film Rana Vikrama along with actor Puneeth Rajkumar, breaking her seven-year hiatus in Sandalwood after Honganasu, which released in 2008.