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“I have a small role in Find­ing Fanny, more like a spe­cial ap­pear­ance,” says An­jali Patil. What the 24-year-old ac­tress is un­der­play­ing is that

she is Fanny, the tit­u­lar character in Homi Ada­ja­nia’s much-awaited new movie. The role comes after her work in the Tel­ugu film Na Ban­gaaru Talli, based on a true story of sex trafficking, which earned her a spe­cial men­tion at the 2014 Na­tional Film Awards, and the Sri Lankan film, With You With­out You that re­leased across In­dian the­atres in June, which

won her the Sil­ver Pea­cock Award for Best Ac­tress at the 2012 In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

of In­dia. Though Patil has been act­ing since 2012, it’s only this year that she may have truly

scored a break­through. Raised in Nasik, and now liv­ing in Mumbai, Patil says that the mo­ti­va­tion to work in movies

came from an early need for a cre­ative and in­de­pen­dent life. While she be­gan with act­ing on stage, her stint at the pres­ti­gious Na­tional School of Drama turned her at­ten­tion to­wards di­rec­tion and drama. A meet­ing with di­rec­tor Prashant Nair how­ever brought her back to act­ing as Ro­hini in Delhi in a Day, and her role in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyu in­tro­duced her to Bol­ly­wood. “I be­lieve in the script—if the script con­vinces me, I will do the film,” she says. Patil will now be seen in a slew of movies, in­clud­ing one di­rected by Satish Kaushik. Pri­mar­ily cast as deeply se­ri­ous char­ac­ters till now, she hopes to switch gen­res and try new

roles soon.

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