Interview with Anu Hasan

By Ergo Correspondent

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You are a BITS-ian. How did the media entries (yes, in plural) happen?

My sister, Suhasini, was directing a movie and she wanted someone new as well as competent. She thought I would fit the bill and asked me. That is how Indira happened. The first entry, in 1994.

After this, I exited and then made my second entry in TV serials in 2000, on a whim. This period lasted four years. I also started off with a role in Run, where I play the hero’s sister. I got bored doing the same martyred woman role on TV and the beloved elder sister on film. So I exited again.

Then, after two years of handling production, I again made an entry – this time as a chat show host. That’s 2006. I am also dabbling in films. I have no idea when my next exit or re-entry is going to be.

Chat shows are not new to television. Not many have left a lasting impression as your show has done. What do you attribute this success to?

You talk about my show as if it’s finished. Only something that ends leaves a lasting impression. I think the reason Koffee with Anu works is that I am very clear that my guests are my stars, not me.

I want them to be happy and I want our viewers to take back something from these highly accomplished people – something more than how many songs they have sung or how many films they have directed or acted in. As long as I am able to do that, it will work. The day people start seeing the celebrity rather than the person is the day I will begin to fail and also the day which will herald my next exit.

Tell us about Anu Hasan, the entrepreneur

I have created companies, built them, sold my stake in them. I have worked with a male workforce in Calcutta while running a direct marketing agency. I now run a juice and smoothies store with a 100 per cent female workforce. We are, at the moment, negotiating a takeover since I am getting more and more tied up with media-related work. I will stay on as consultant maybe. Of course, you’ve heard of best laid plans of mice and men…..

How has the ‘Haasan’ tag helped you in your career?

I have been my own person for as far as I can recall. I’ve never done anything simply because I am from a prominent family. The surname is Hasan, by the way, if it is mine. Haasan if it is Mr. Kamal Haasan’s. There’s some difference.

When did you develop a love for jazz music?

I love music per se. I love singing. Someone heard my voice and thought it had a good timbre and suggested I pick up jazz, which I did. I am no expert, but I do have a few jazz numbers in my motley repertoire.

The best compliment you have received?

“You radiate happiness”

Your best critic?

My conscience

How does it feel to don the role of a female cop?

Feels awesome. My friends initially were very amused to see me because they claimed they could see the excitement in my eyes. And that I wasn’t in the least bit intimidating. But I wear the uniform almost everyday and now have forgotten the impact unless I happen to see guys scampering away once they see me, leaving behind a slipper.

10 years from now?

Alive, hopefully. And growing potatoes and cauliflowers or maybe geraniums in Kodai. Running a bed and breakfast, maybe.

Comments

31 Responses to “Interview with Anu Hasan”

  1. C.RAJA on September 4th, 2008 1:16 pm

    HAI,U R SO SWEETEST LADY.DONT MISTAKE ME MY WORDS.I AM WATCHING YOUR PROGRAMS.AND YOUR SMILE IS SO…………………SOLLUVATHARKU TAMILIL VARTHAI ELLAI.EVLO SOGATHUDAN VANTHU PADUKUM POTHUM UNGALIN SMILE PARTHAL (COFFEE WITH ANU PROGRAM) ITS GONE.NENGA NANTRAGA IRUKA IRAIVANAI VENDUKIREN.PLEASE SMILE ALWAYS EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.BY Raja.CELL NO . 9965557563 AND9865357563

  2. C.RAJA on September 4th, 2008 1:17 pm

    HAI,U R SO SWEETEST LADY.DONT MISTAKE ME MY WORDS.I AM WATCHING YOUR PROGRAMS.AND YOUR SMILE IS SO…………………SOLLUVATHARKU TAMILIL VARTHAI ELLAI.EVLO SOGATHUDAN VANTHU PADUKUM POTHUM UNGALIN SMILE PARTHAL (COFFEE WITH ANU PROGRAM) ITS GONE.NENGA NANTRAGA IRUKA IRAIVANAI VENDUKIREN.PLEASE SMILE ALWAYS EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.BY Raja.CELL NO . 9965557563 AND9865357563

  3. Sundari Narayanan V. on September 11th, 2008 8:27 pm

    Dear Anu,

    Your IPS Rekha serial is very beautiful and excessent. I like very much.

  4. Sundari Narayanan V. on September 17th, 2008 5:15 am

    asdf

  5. Usha on November 17th, 2008 11:37 am

    Anu Hassan is the one who try to achieve great heights in whatever she does.. She is fond of even doing different things regularly.. That makes her shine in more than one field..

  6. maalolan on November 17th, 2008 12:52 pm

    can someone please help me with anu’s email id ?

    thanks

  7. man with no name on November 22nd, 2008 4:43 pm

    u r the cutest!!! wish u’re in tamil cine for a long time!!!!

  8. sivasucmc on December 13th, 2008 11:41 am

    i like ur compiring very much.I want to watch ur rekha ips serial .Tell me any free site to watch all episodes of my favourite rekha ips…..PLEASE Mail me to sivasucmc@yahoo.co.in

  9. sundar on December 28th, 2008 3:56 pm

    anu-sweetest girl-ur smile very nice-i watch ur programes regularly-u are cute in modern dress and also in saree

  10. Pushpa on January 10th, 2009 11:53 am

    Hi Anu,

    You have a cheerful smile! And a great voice!

    I am a professional and spend almost 16 hrs at work and just last week I happened to watch the Jaya TV 20-20 series. Your dress sense is simply admirable. Its very pleasing to watch how you do not intimidate the participants but bring out their best in that short span of time.

    Great and all the best ! I look forward to watching your shows!

    Keep smiling and spread the cheer!

  11. Shoba on February 21st, 2009 7:36 am

    Hi,
    Anu really ur compiere is very good….. in our family v wont miss ur program on saturday,,(Anu wit koffee)… really a superb show,,,, in tat ur dressing also looking very nice i mean long skirts

  12. sindhus.r. on June 1st, 2009 4:35 pm

    hello anu madam,i am sindhu…i like ur decent acting ..i just like u much..keep acting serials like rekha ips…keep going..

  13. Rama on June 25th, 2009 4:32 pm

    Can anyone send me Rekha IPS online video pls

  14. shaliny on August 24th, 2009 10:46 pm

    hi anu madam how r u ? I love watching the serial rekha IPS also i need some online video of rekha ips pls. And i want you to keep acting serials like rekha ips… u r simply super and beautiful.

    thanks have a great day.

  15. kurshed on September 7th, 2009 3:21 pm

    anu madam good afternoon i heared that you are giving job to women only.i too want a business from you i am a general insurance agent , y not u give abusiness for me definetely i serve you better. my phone no is 9940696908

  16. senthil on November 12th, 2009 8:35 am

    hi anu mam,

    u r very good and ur programes also nice pls send ur images

    bye

  17. Varmar on December 6th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Anu

    You are a failure. What you have achieved and your future plans do not do justice to what you are capable of. I do not say that because you went to BITS. Every time I saw you on TV and Cinema you seemed to be a step ahead. Why not start a Primary School to start repairing our corrupted race which has not produced a male who is good enough to be your life partner? Are you not ashamed to be talking of B&B and self indulgence? vavasoo@msn.com

    Varmar

  18. Ashok on January 17th, 2010 1:44 pm

    Anu is kind of person, who have crossed the failures in life and have mindset to think about future.

    I failed in my personal life too, in terms of marriage and relations. When i was depressed and felt terrible, came across Anu’s interview in a weekly magazine where she said there is much more in life than any failures in life.

    Anu really grabbed my thoughts and because of her words, am now alive.. and getting successful in every means in life.

    In short, there is much more in life to achieve than to worry about small failures in life. This is the lesson i learnt.

  19. Swethasri on March 5th, 2010 10:58 am

    I am seeing you in TV only recently. I watch you in Coffee with Anu and your excellent taste in cooking. I think it would be very nice if i get a chance to work with you.

  20. Sinthu on March 17th, 2010 10:38 pm

    Hai! I’m sinthu.how a u? I meet u?

  21. SINTHU. on March 17th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Hello! Dear sister (anu) how a u? I’m fine. I watch u all programms. I love too much. How is u family. Did u call me? This is t.p.no.9789040231. Please call me.waiting for u call. With love. Sinthu. Wish u all the west. :-)

  22. Gokulnath on April 26th, 2010 10:17 am

    Hi Anu Ma’am(Ma’am, coz that’s how we address BITS seniors),
    You make me proud to be a BITSian.. Cheers Ma’am.. I tried to reach you through facebook, but sadly couldn’t. I am still trying..
    Cheers and Regards..

  23. Sundararajan RS Iyengar on May 1st, 2010 7:26 pm

    Dear Madam,

    I am very happy to hear that we have an enterpreneur from the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. I am very proud of it.

    Also your program Coffee with anu is another success of the century, a program that which has achieved a great success. Wish you continue the same.

    Having seen lots of programs with lots of quizes and other types of GYXIONS—soap operas like that of Visu’s A’Arangam, it is your program that shook me by surprise with the way of quizzing and questioneering of the hosts.

    Very much keep doing the same with excelling in that.

    Cheers and Regards!!!~~~!

    Sundararajan RS Iyengar

  24. priscilla on July 17th, 2010 10:09 pm

    mummy……….. u r really really awesome

  25. priscilla on July 17th, 2010 10:13 pm

    i love to watch u television. u r so cute and charming. i love u so much.

  26. Kannan.M on November 1st, 2010 5:57 pm

    Hai ma’m………..

    How r u ?

    i love to watch u television.

    u r so cute and charming.

    My aim is Film Director….

    It will happen…..

    i think u are in London

    Could you pls come . act with my film…

    You any where…. Pls come…

    ……………………………………….THIRUMANA VAZTHUGAL…………………….

    Wish u all the best…

    Kannan.m
    Erode
    9944905890

  27. ashika on November 28th, 2010 2:42 pm

    hi anu mam….

    how ru doing? ur perfomance in “indira” is just amazing and one of my best movies.
    ur coffee with anu is good show i think the best episode was prakash raj interviewing u.

    all the best for furture projects mam

    regards
    ashika(bangalore)

  28. preethi malvika on April 19th, 2011 8:36 pm

    you hav been d inspiration when (V)i 1st saw u on a game show anu alavum bayamillai!as far as i know u r trained in kalaripayattu wat is it?n how did it attract u?glad

  29. preethi malvika on April 19th, 2011 8:40 pm

    kofee with anu.a question for u?many of them do not know dat there r kids awaiting 2 b inspired as u do 2 expose hidden talents? what would u like 2 comment on it n guide us 2wards the same! sandhosham

  30. Parvathiinc on June 20th, 2011 10:35 pm

    A beautiful women
    but I like her as a good critic

  31. suborna on April 13th, 2014 6:09 pm

    Anu hasan is a complete human being whom i admire, love, respect, feel her absence all the time

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