Anjali is an Indian film actress and model, who predominantly appears in Tamil and Telugu films. Following a stint in modelling, she was cast in starring roles in two Telugu productions; her début film was the Telugu film Photo, which released in 2006, before bagging a role and gaining attention in the film Kattradhu Thamizh (2007). In 2010 and 2011, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, for her performances in Angaadi Theru and Engaeyum Eppothumrespectively, & Tamil Nadu State Film Award For Angadi Theru.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.She also received two Nandi awards for best actress for her performances in the films Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu &Geethanjali. In May 2016,she won Great applauses For her Role in the Tamil Film Iraivi Making Huge Impact on The Tamil Audience’s.In August 2017,She appeared in an extended cameo role in director Ram’s Taramani (film) Which Earned Good responses from both critics as well as Audience
Anjali was born in Razole, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. She has two brothers and a sister. She completed her schooling in Razole  and later moved to Chennai, Tamil Nadu where she continued her studies, pursuing a degree in Mathematics. After completing her education, she began acting in short films, which paved the way for her entry into the film industry. Anjali remarked that her parents had aspirations to become an actor and that they “realised their dreams” through her
In 2002, Anjali was signed on to appear in director Kalanjiyam’s Sathamintri Muthamidu under the screen name of Sundhari, but the film later failed to materialise. The director also began two other films with Anjali, Valiba Desam and En Kanavu Thaanadi, though those also failed to materialise. During one of her modelling assignments, she was spotted by director Siva Nageswara Rao, who offered her a starring role in his Telugu thriller film Photo (2006). Anjali portrayed a ghost haunting her murderers in Photo, which co-starred two more newcomers, Anand and Bhanu. She played the female lead in another Telugu venture, the romance film Premalekha Raasa (2007), directed by lyricist Kulasekhar, opposite a debutant again; both films garnered negative response, and performed poorly at the box office, failing to propel her career in Telugu cinema.
She made her Tamil film début later that year in Kattradhu Thamizh, directed by Ram, which released to strong critical acclaim. Anjali won critical praise for her portrayal of Anandhi, the childhood friend and love interest of a young teacher-turned-psychopath (enacted by Jeeva). A Behindwoods critic wrote that she was “a delight to watch and spellbinds the viewer with her beautiful fresh look and her performance”, while Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff described her as “a breath of fresh air” and “the perfect foil to Jeeva’s plethora of emotions”. Her performance earned her the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for that year, and she grew in popularity, leading her to several more offers, albeit the film proved commercially unsuccessful. She appeared in two films in 2008; Honganasu, her first Kannada project and Aayudham Seivom in Tamil. The latter, which featured her as the female lead opposite Sundar C, was panned by critics and she was criticised for accepting that role, with reviewers noting that she had nothing to do in the film, “except roll her eyes”