born 26 September 1987 is an Indian film actress and theatre director. She has earned rave reviews for her work in Delhi in a Day, Chakravyuh, Newton and Sri Lankan film With You Without You. She received the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) Silver Peacock Award at the 43rd International Film Festival of India her role in the Sri Lankan film With You Without You. In 2013, she starred in the Telugu film, Na Bangaaru Talli for which she received the National Film Award – Special Mention, and the state Nandi Award for Best Actress
Early life and education
Patil was born into a Marathi family and raised in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. Patil attended RJCB girls high school (Purushottam), Nashik and by age 14, she had decided to pursue acting as her career. She persuaded her parents to send her to Center for Performing Arts at University of Pune. In June 2007, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts with a gold medal for her excellence. Later that year, Patil was chosen to pursue Masters in Theater Design at National School of Drama in New Delhi. It presented her with many opportunities to work extensively with Indian and International film and theater actors and directors.
Patil’s first feature film opportunity came with Prashant Nair’s Hindi-English international independent film Delhi in a Day. She was critically acclaimed for her portrayal of Rohini. The film premiered in Asia at the Mumbai film festival on 13 October 2011 and released theatrically in India in August 2012.
In 2010-11, Patil worked as the lead actress and a producer on an international short film Green Bangles. It was selected as India’s official entry to WIFTI (Women In Film and Television International, Los Angeles) and was eventually selected and screened at the WIFTI International Showcase 2012 in 44 cities in 15 countries.
Her big Bollywood break came with Prakash Jha’s latest film on issues related to Naxalism: Chakravyuh.It instantly made her the talk of B-town with praise and appreciation for a powerful performance alongside seasoned actors like Om Puri, Manoj Bajpai, Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal. After the rave reviews of her fierce portrayal of Naxal leader Juhi, Patil signed a three-film contract with filmmaker Prakash Jha.
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) (2012) was another international collaboration with acclaimed Sri Lankan writer-director Prasanna Vithanage. Patil did the dubbing herself and that makes her the first Indian actress to dub in Sinhala language. Her stellar performance won her Silver Peacock award for Best Actor Female at International Film Festival of India in Goa in November 2012. She is one of the youngest actors to receive this award.
In 2016 Patil finished two Marathi films: Bardo with Makarand Deshpande and The Silence with Nagraj Manjule as a co-actor.
She will be seen in the title role in Nimmo which is the directorial debut of Rahul Shanklya produced by Anand L. Rai. Patil finished another Hindi film, Newton, with Rajkumar Rao which got released in 2017. Patil has again justified her role, with her natural acting.
She plays a pivotal role in Mirzya from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra which released in 2016. She will be playing the lead in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyare Prime Minister.
She plays a bold role in Pa. Ranjith’s Kaala with Rajinikanth.
She has also played a major role in Meri nimmo which is incredible work done by her. She has justified it very well.
Anjali has also worked in an ad film for Sintex, which urged people to take a pledge to save rivers.