Who is Ananya Pandey?
Ananya Panday was born on 30 October 1998, in Mumbai, India, and is an actress, but also well-known for being the daughter of actor Chunkey Pandey. She has appeared in several films including “Pati Patni Aur Who”, and “Student of the Year 2” for which she won a Filmfare Award. She is primarily known for her work in Hindi films.
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The Net Worth of Ananya Pandey
As of early-2020, Ananya Pandey’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting despite being only in the profession for a year or so.
She’s gained high valued contracts, and has probably benefitted from the success of her father’s contacts, and who has a reputed net worth of over $20 million.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
At a young age, Ananya aspired to a career in the entertainment industry, wanting to follow in the footsteps of her father who had become a star in India. However, her parents were more inclined that she complete her education first, and the experiences that came along with it.
She attended the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, a private school in Mumbai named after the founder of the conglomerate Reliance Industries, who owns the school.
Following the completion of her high school education, she then began training and developing her skills. She made her first public appearance in the Le Bal des Debutantes covered by “Vanity Fair”. The fashion ball event has 25 women participate from over 12 countries, and is an invitation-only event. The women who are invited often come from well-known families, andusualy wear clothes from high-profile designers and fashion houses.
All dressed up to go out and sit in my living room 😎 #QuarantineMood #SelfIsolation #StayHome #StaySafe 🖤
The event is held to raise money to support Seleni and Enfants d’Asie, organizations that promote programs to help young women who are in need.
In 2019 Pandey made her foray into the world of acting, making her debut in “Student of the Year 2”, in which she worked alongside Tara Sutaria and Tiger Shroff. The film is a sequel to the 2012 film “Student of the Year”, following the life of a college student who goes to a better university to rekindle the love of a childhood sweetheart, before eventually deciding to return to his former college. The film received mainly negative reviews and was panned, earning only a little at the box office.
Despite the negative reviews, a lot of the critics praised Ananya’s acting ability, which was remarked upon as a far cry from the poor script, story, and other performances in the film. Her career elevated, and she was then cast in the film “Pati Patni Aur Who” working alongside Bhumi Pednekar and Kartik Aaryan, which was released later in 2019. The film is a remake with the original being released in 1978. In the film, she plays a secretary who becomes involved in an affair with a married man. The film was successful commercially and continued to build on her reputation.
Recent Projects and Other Endeavors
In 2020, Pandey made a special cameo appearance in the film “Angrezi Medium”, which is a comedy film starring Irrfan Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
The film is a spiritual successor to “Hindi Medium”, and tells the story of a father and daughter who go on an unusual adventure as he tries to make her dream of studying in London come true. She’s also working on the film “Khaali Peeli”, a romantic action film in which she will appear alongside Ishaan Khatter. The film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat in an antagonistic role; the film is set for release late in 2020.
Aside from acting, Ananya helped launch an initiative called So Positive, which aims to bring people together in a conscious effort to make social media a more positive place. The initiative stands against bullying online and negativity, and gained a lot of attention for the effort put in, and the vision she brought to the table.
As a result, So Positive was named the Initiative of the Year during the Economic Times Awards hosted by the titular magazine, which focuses on government, business, and corporate affairs.
Ananya is single and apparently isn’t interested in pursuing any long-term romance as yet, as she is still young and focused on developing her career. Outside of work, she is mainly a laid-back person, though her passion shows when it comes to acting roles. She’s been active online in recent months, promoting the work of various medical professionals and law enforcement around the world, as efforts towards combatting the coronavirus outbreak are being undertaken in many countries.
She has been promoting an online message, encouraging people to stay in their homes.
Father – Chunkey Pandey
Chunky Pandey aspired to be an actor at a young age, and first worked as an instructor before eventually pursuing a career in the profession. In 1987 he rose to success, appearing in various Hindi films such as “Aag Hi Aag”, “Paap Ki Duniya”, and “Tezaab”, which helped elevate his stock, but after some mixed success in the field as the lead actor of several films, he took a long break from acting as he found no role that could fit him. He then began appearing in numerous Bangladeshi films, receiving very little opportunities in Bollywood.
In 2003 he returned to Bollywood, and established himself once more, appearing mainly in supporting roles in several films such as “Qayamat: City Under Threat” and “Apna Sapna Money Money”. Two years later, he began to take more villainous roles, as seen in “Darwaaza Bandh Rakho” and “D – Underworld Badshah”. In 2010, he worked on the comedy film “Housefull” which became a hit, leading to numerous sequels. However, in recent years, he has declined comedy work, and established himself more as a character actor, as he didn’t like being typecast as a comedian.