Anu Choudhury is popular among Odia filmgoers. Successful performances in Dhauli Express, Kathantara and Biswaprakash have earned her a place in Ollywood’s hall of fame. Nirvana 13 would mark her Bollywood debut. She, however, wanted to be a software engineer during her college days. Anu finished Plus Two from Biju Pattnaik College of Science and Education and graduated in science from Rama Devi Women’s College.
What did college teach you?
In college, I realised the importance of education. No matter how good you are as an actor or for that matter, in any other field, never compromise on your education as it will give you a firm footing in life. It prepares you to face the society. I am a stickler for punctuality and believe in treating everyone equally. This is something that my college taught me.
What is your proudest moment in college?
I always scored the highest or second-highest in my practical exams. I will always feel proud of this. Also, whenever my teachers appreciated me in front of other students, I felt proud.
Have you had any embarrassing moments in college?
The first day of both my Plus Two and bachelor’s programme were embarrassing. I was nervous, and to make things worse, boys passed comments throughout the day.
How did you score points with the opposite gender?
We were a gang of girls, who were dedicated to their books and classes and never missed a chance to participate in competitions. This was our way of scoring over the boys.
Was bunking a part of your college routine?
No. In fact, I don’t remember going for a movie with my college friends.
Did you have any rifts with professors? Why?
Hmmm...not exactly because I was very disciplined and obedient. I always completed my assignments on time. But in Plus Two, I had a tiff with one of my professors over an assignment.
Where did you hang out in college with friends?
As I studied science, there was not much time to hang out. Pressure to perform well in exams was also high. So I devoted all of my time to college and coaching classes. I did a PG diploma in IT (Manipal University) as my aim was to become a software engineer. There wasn’t much time to relax. But during weekends, I usually went out with friends for gol gappas, chaat and some shopping.
What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
Acting. It was a passion for me. I was part of college theatre groups.