Anuja was born into a Tamil Brahmin family and did her schooling at Rosary Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Santhome, Chennai and went on to pursue a B.Com (Honours) degree at Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi. She then studied under the Sanwa Bank scholarship programme, and finished her Master's degree in Advertising and Public Relations in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi, graduating with a PRSI (Public Relations Society of India) Award. Her first film was the horror flick, Sivi (2007), in which she played a ghost. She was praised for her performance. Her second film, Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai in 2008, received critical acclaim and winning awards at international film festivals for its innovative approach to film making. In 2009, she appeared in the film, Ninaithale Inikkum. Later that year, she starred in Unnaipol Oruvan and its Telugu version Eeenadu alongside veteran actors Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal and Venkatesh. Her portrayal of Natasha Rajkumar, a television journalist, was appreciated by critics and fetched her nomination for the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 56th Filmfare Awards South. Her forthcoming movies include Shakini and Kadhal 2 Kalyanam.
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