Anu was born in Bangalore to M. V. Prabhakar, an employee with Bharat Heavy Electricals, and dubbing artiste and actress Gayathri Prabhakar. Anu grew up in the Malleswaram suburb of Bangalore, and studied in the Nirmala Rani High School. She appeared as a child artiste in Kannada films Chapala Chennigaraya (1990) and Shanti Kranti (1991), and English film Mysteries of the Dark Jungle (1990). While she dropped out of college when her career as a heroine took off she later went on to pursue a master's degree in sociology from Karnataka University through correspondence.
Born on: 9 November, 1980