Anaitha Nair is an Indian born film and theatre actor whose debut film ?Chak De India? took the Hindi Film Industry by storm in the year 2007, starring global superstar ShahRukh Khan. A film for which she won the Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. She began her acting career, at the age of 15 in the theatre production "Whose Life is It Anyway" and continued to work in several productions including musicals such as My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. She has worked with the biggest filmmakers in the Hindi Film Industry such as Shyam Benegal, Abbas Tyrewalla, Nagesh Kukunoor, Rohan Sippy, Nishikant Kamat and Vipul Shah. Versatile and a complete natural, she has an on screen presence like none other.
She was born in Bangalore to a Malayali father and a Parsi mother. She did her schooling in Bangalore, studied at the Bangalore University and moved to Mumbai, after completing her education. She shot to fame after she played the role of Aliya Bose, a member of the Indian women's national hockey team, in the sports-oriented film Chak De India (2007). She has also appeared in two Malayalam films, By the People (2005) and IG (2009). She had also acted in number of TV Commercials notably in Virgin Mobile with Ranbir Kapoor, Dairy Milk Silk, Acer, Dove, Medical Abortion Pills and Nescafe.
She also played Bindiya in the British-Indian comedy series Mumbai Calling. Her second release in Hindi was Shyam Benegal's Well Done Abba (2010). Anaitha also starred in Aashayein directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, in which she played a cancer patient. For the character, she also tonsured her head. She was part of the cast in Abbas Tyrewalla's Jhootha Hi Sahi as well. Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum is her latest release. Her upcoming releases are Ekaant directed by Sunil Pillai, and Force directed by Nishikant Kamat.
Also a singer, her band S5?s debut album ?Isai? was launched by Oscar winning Music Director A.R. Rahman in September 2005, with their Tamil single ?Malaray? becoming an instant hit. A voice over and radio jingle artist, she has several radio spots to her credit. A professional host, she has hosted more than 200 live events and has featured as a model in several commercials in India with the biggest brands like Cadburys, Acer, Dove, Sprite, Nescafe and Virgin Mobile.