Anu Aggarwal became quite a sensation following her blockbuster Bollywood debut 'Aashiqui' in 1990 (Left/Pic: Anu Aggarwal's Twitter account). This is how the actress looks 28 years on (Right/Pic: Yogen Shah)
'Aashiqui' marked the Bollywood debut of Anu Aggarwal and Rahul Roy (Pictures courtesy: Anu Aggarwal's Twitter account and mid-day archives)
Aashiqui, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, is best remembered for its hit music and then-hit pair of Anu Aggarwal and Rahul Roy
The success of 'Aashiqui' boosted the careers of singer Kumar Sanu and composers Nadeem-Shravan. Lead actors Anu Aggarwal and Rahul Roy became overnight stars as well
In 1994, Anu Aggarwal starred in the erotic film 'The Cloud Door' in which she played a princess
There were reports that Anu Aggarwal posed nude in 'The Cloud Door'
Anu Aggarwal also featured in a few TV commercials in the early 1990s. Most notable was an ad for a flavoured condom in 1991
Following 'Aashiqui', Anu Aggarwal tasted success in Bollywood with 'King Uncle' and 'Khal-Naaikaa'
Anu Aggarwal forayed into Tamil cinema with Mani Ratnam's 'Thiruda Thiruda' in 1993 which was a blockbuster
The 1996 film 'Return of Jewel Thief' was Anu Aggarwal's last movie
Anu Aggarwal vanished from the spotlight after 'Return of Jewel Thief'
In 1999, Anu Aggarwal met with a horrific car accident that left her in a comatose state for 29 days
Anu Aggarwal suffered broken bones, brain damage and a palsy-ridden body following the accident
A 12-inch metal plate was inserted to hold Anu Aggarwal's fractured humerus together, the doctor apparently decided it could be removed only after her recovery
However, Anu Aggarwal's mini-surgery turned into nightmare when the doctor snapped her radial nerve, leaving her right hand paralysed
Following the surgery, Anu Aggarwal sent the surgeon a Dutch plate as a gift to ease his guilt for botching the procedure
Anu Aggarwal revealed the pain she endured during her recovery period in an exclusive interview to mid-day. She said, "When I closed my eyes there was no thumb. I had no first finger. No second finger. No third finger. No fourth finger. No tiny smallest finger"
Anu Aggarwal further said, "And I had no nails. I did not have a palm. I did not feel the skin on top of my palm. I had no skin even above the palm"
"My wrist was decapitated. I had no hand and no lower arm. I had no elbow. I had no upper arm," Anu Aggarwal added
Anu Aggarwal said that she learnt to use the fork with her left hand after her right hand was paralysed
Three years of determination and therapy allowed Anu Aggarwal to get back on her feet
But what has helped her get a new lease on life you ask? Anu Aggarwal has credited yoga and tantric sex
In 2015, Anu Aggarwal released her book, 'Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead', which chronicles her recovery process post the accident
In the book, Anu Aggarwal also reveals why she disappeared from spotlight and unravels the mystery surrounding her life
Anu Aggarwal's book talks in detail about her sexual and spiritual experiences
In her book, Anu Aggarwal also lists her lovers with the matter-of-factness of a supermarket bill
An Anglo-American jazz musician; a Giorgio Armani supermodel; a cool-headed Wall Street financier; an Australian-Jewish landowner; a venture capitalist and sax player from Texas; a German lingerie-maker; a loaded Nigerian 'who preferred the most natural sexual acts to be performed with both of us standing up straight', said Anu Aggarwal
Anu Aggarwal revealed how she learnt to orgasm with plain breathing thanks to tantric sex
Anu Aggarwal said that this out-of-body experience hits her often, (possibly why, in several sections of the book, she refers to herself in the third person), especially in the time after the near-fatal accident
When Anu Aggarwal released her book, 'Aashiqui' director Mahesh Bhatt praised her effort in sharing her interesting life story and its travails with courage
"I really salute the audacity and spirit of Anu... it's very brave of you to put all that you've been through into a book and really walk away from it all. I think what you're doing today is extremely gratifying," said Mahesh Bhatt at the time of Anu Aggarwal's book launch
Now, Anu Aggarwal's time is reserved for teaching Mumbai's slum kids AnuFun Yoga, a healing module she developed after years of experimenting with Vipassana, Craniosacral therapy and Tantra across ashrams in Uttarakhand and Kutch. She teaches it for free
Anu Aggarwal, the actress who became a sensation in the '90s after Bollywood debut 'Aashiqui', survived a car crash, battled coma and learnt tantric sex to improve her life. On her birthday, here's a look at the woman's inspiring story