Ananya Pandey is a star kid, who is the daughter of Chunky Pandey and Bhavna Pandey. Apparently, the 22-year-old actress is one of the leading actresses of Bollywood. Ananya was born on 30 October 1998 and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is 5’7″ tall and weighs around 50kg. Ananya has a younger brother named Rysa Pandey.
Ananya is very close to her mother and is also her best friend, especially when she is an adult. In an interview, his mother agreed to be a bad cop and Chunky to be a good cop. Her mother, though helpful, assures that she is on the ground and is grateful so she keeps screaming and is left behind. However, her father rarely gets angry and is a very chill, cool kind of person.
Ananya also shares a very special and loving bond with her cousins Alanna Pandey and Ahaan Pandey. They regularly share pictures of each other having fun and spending some time with the family.
“Always wanted to be an actor ever since I popped out of my mother”
Ananya always wanted to become an actress and her family supported her. However, her parents always wanted her to complete basic education before venturing into acting. She was always a dance lover; She was always ready for any type of dance performance whether it was for a school event or a party.
Ananya’s favorite film was “Student of the Year” and it was this movement that she knew she wanted her future to be something like this. She liked Alia Bhatt’s role as Shanaya and always aspired to be like her.
Ananya was launched by Karan Johar’s label Dharma Productions in 2019 with the much-awaited teen film Student of the Year 2. She participated in Vanity Fair’s Le Bal des Debutantes force and fashion event representing Indian cinema debutants in 2017.
Though Ananya’s Student Of The Year 2 didn’t really do well at the box office, it certainly opened many other doors of opportunity and prosperity for her. Ananya then starred in Pati Patni Aur Woh opposite Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar and won accolades for her dramatic acting skills. The film was a commercial hit.
Ananya was always a nerd, her interest was always towards reading books and novels, but the turning point came when she actually had to decide between an offer letter for her dream college (University of Southern California) and an audition. She actually resists the offer to audition over her college, according to her it is actually what she learns acting and theatrics in college which she is clearly learning in Bollywood from a more practical point of view.
Ananya on Nepotism
She has always promoted that being a star kid it is definitely easier for her to enter Bollywood and she totally owns the fact. She says that the fact that she has all the privileges doesn’t mean at all that she will get all the fancy, mega-hit banner films easily.
Ananya to haters
She has always been a positive person and she credits her father Chunky for inheriting this trait. She says she was well aware of the repercussions of entering the cinema, some would like it and many would dislike it, but life must go on. She agrees that she will never respond to her haters, rather she will be polite and always positive towards her career.
The haters really get on her nerves when they talk negatively about her family and put to rest all the gossip and trolling against her, she can handle it. She has developed a thick skin towards haters and feels she is very close to developing a shield not to impress him at all.
She is a huge social media lover, especially Instagram and she loves to post and play on it. Social media has always attracted her and she believes that apart from trolling, social media platforms have a lot of benefits. She actively shares her life updates on social media.
Memes made on her
Ananya is a huge fan of memes and finds them very funny. Having a meme of her own makes her feel like a huge achievement and she has finally achieved it. She urges people to keep making them and spread laughter and happiness.
So positive campaign
Ananya started an initiative called “So Positive” in 2019 to fight against social media bullying and spread awareness. The main reason for this initiative was that one has to take the responsibility of imparting knowledge to acknowledge such important issues and actually deal with them. She was also awarded Celebrity change maker of the year for her initiative.
Ananya has always been very private about her love life. At the time of her launch, she was rumored to be dating Karan Jaising, who is the son of renowned designer Monisha Jaisingh.
As per the rumours, she is romantically linked with her co-star Ishaan Khatter. Although they have never publicly acknowledged their relationship, they are often forbidden to live and eat together. He was also spotted in a restaurant on the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
In Koffee With Karan, Ananya clearly mentioned that she is not friends with any of her exes.
Ads and brand ambassadors
In April 2021, Moj announced Ananya Panday as its principal brand ambassador. In 2019, the newly launched perfumes of Fastrack named her as the brand ambassador. Personal care appliances brand, Vega also announced her as their brand ambassador to endorse their beauty brand. Apart from being the ambassador of these leading brands, she also endorses Gillette Venus, Cadbury Perk, Only, Lakme, Skechers.
Ananya Panday is all set to release her new upcoming film “Linger” directed by Puri Jagannath under Dharma Productions on September 9, 2021. Ananya will be sharing the screen with Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role.
Very soon Ananya will also be seen in a well-known film with Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi. The actors are often seen together for shoots and also share glimpses of each other through social media. The film is directed by Shakun Batra and has no name and release date yet.
Ananya’s friendship with other star kids
Ananya is friends with a lot of other star kids in the industry. But in particular, her best friends include Suhana Khan, Navya Naveli Nanda, and Shanaya Kapoor. She is often spotted with her best friends in restaurants and outings. Ananya often shares childhood throwbacks of hers along with her friends.
We have also seen Ananya in the show “Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives” starring her mother. In the show, she tells how superstitious she has become due to being like her mother. She also revealed more than herself, it is her mother who is always conscious and tense about her social life in Bollywood.
Ananya shares a very warm bond with her friend’s parents, especially Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan. She simply loves both of them and wants to be grounded like them. She loves everything about him be it his hospitality, upbringing, easy-going and friendly nature.
Ananya says that she lives and eats as simple as others. Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast and she never skips it. She starts her day with the juice of ajwain and some other greens made by her mother. Her daily diet consists of bread, butter, chicken, and eggs. Ananya is allergic to rice, potato, and tea.
Ananya loves black coffee and drinks it twice a day. She loves dark chocolate, keto cupcakes, pizza, pancakes, and brownies. She always keeps water handy and preaches that never underestimate the benefits of drinking water.
She does celebrate her cheat day once a week but she does it often when she is not on the shooting schedule. For workouts, she prefers Pilates and dance sessions.
Ananya in Koffee with Karan
Ananya didn’t really buzz when people actually saw her in a movie but definitely when they saw her on Koffee With Karan show. Some of the comments made by him were not accepted by the netizens at all. Her comments about nepotism and her life struggle especially where people really couldn’t relate and started trolling her. His comment on making the Koffee With Karan show as a benchmark for every celebrity’s success was not really liked by the people.
Ananya’s recently released “Khaali Peeli”
Ananya Panday’s recent release Khaali Peeli opposite Ishaan Khatter was a poor-performing film. Although both the stars wanted it to be released on the big screen, eventually the film was released on the OTT platform. Ananya revealed that it was definitely a tremendous experience working in a film of a different genre, something she has never done before. The film also received an overwhelming response for its song “Beyoncé Sharma Jayegi”, netizens really could not bear the literal meaning of the lyrics and the racist lyrics.
Even though the film didn’t really do anything at the box office, “Ananya definitely impressed everyone with the film, whether its director, producer, choreographer or fellow accomplice” says Ishaan Khatter.
Awards and nominations
She was awarded the Filmfare Best Debut Female 2020 for the film Student of the Year 2. Zee Cine Best Debutant-Female 2020 for Student of the Year 2.
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