Anupriya Goenka is a versatile actress known for Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She has played a lead role, in Nagesh Kukunoor’s yet to be released film Maya. She also played pivotal roles in Daddy (Dir: Ashim Ahluwalia), Dishoom ( Dir: Rohit Dhawan) and Bobby Jasoos(Dir: Samar Sheikh). She shot to fame as the face of India’s first of its kind government campaign, Bharat Nirman, directed by Pradeep Sarkar and India’s first lesbian ad, Anouk by Myntra, that went viral and won her a lot of appreciation and accolades. She has done over 100+ commercials and has been the face of leading brands like Coke, Garnier, Stayfree, Kotak Mahindra, Pepperfry, Dabur among many others. Next she will be seen in a YRF’s Tiger Zinda Hai, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, set to be released this year.
Anupriya Goenka, Born on 29th May 1987, in Kanpur, was primarily brought up in Delhi. The youngest amongst four kids, she is the daughter of Mr. Ravindra Kumar Goenka, who owned a garment export house and mother Mrs. Pushpa Goenka, who was initially a homemaker but eventually joined the family business.
Hailing from a business family and being the sole entrepreneurial spirit, amongst her siblings, she was naturally directed towards joining the struggling business after completing her schooling. She strived to propel the business further, while pursuing her graduation and doubled it up with a job at an eminent call center, however quickly realized that it was beyond salvation and finally wrapped it up. This experience, taught her the various aspects of business and people management and she dabbled with legal, financial, marketing and various other roles. To support the family, she then hopped on to corporate bandwagon. During this period, she moved to Bombay and worked with eminent firms such as JP Morgan, Cnbc, Go-airlines etc. She considers these few years to be her biggest training ground, giving her an insight into real life experiences and were largely responsible for shaping her into the person she is today.
Having discovered theatre, in an one month Nsd workshop, during her 12th standard, she always remained inquisitive about it and considered it to be the happiest one month of her life, so as her corporate career was on an upswing, she finally decided to take a break and learn theatre. The three month break lead her to falling in love with the craft and discovering her true calling – Acting. She then pursued theatre and learnt under eminent teachers like Neeraj Qabi, Satyadev Dubey Sir, Makrand Deshpande to name a few and at institutions like Adishakti. She was picked up by Pradeep Sarkar, after she did a Stayfree commercial with him, for the famous Bharat Nirman campaign and he introduced her to the world of commercials and the quest began.
As R.M Drake said, ‘in the end, she became the more than what she expected, she became the journey and like all journeys, she did not end, she just simply changed directions and kept going.’ She likes to believe, it’s the journey that matters the most and she is becoming one.
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