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‘Aashiqui’ reunion, Anu Aggarwal with Rahul Roy at her book launch

Rahul Roy and Deepak Tijori were seen at the launch of their 'Aashiqui' co-actor Anu Aggarwal's book 'Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead' in Mumbai on Wednesday (August 27).

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It was a reunion for the original 'Aashiqui' couple - Anu Aggarwal and Rahul Roy. Rahul along with his other co-star Deepak Tijori were seen at the launch of Anu Aggarwal's book 'Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead' in Mumbai on Wednesday (August 27). The actress, who had a near-death experience and amazing recovery, tells the fascinating story of her self-discovery in her autobiography which also includes details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to superyogis. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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“Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead”, according to Anu, is the story of a girl who was broken into a million pieces but is alive to tell the tale of how, like in a jigsaw puzzle, she brought the separated parts together back again. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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It is the story of the dusky Delhi girl who went to Mumbai and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie 'Aashiqui' in 1990 only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram in Uttarakhand.
Seen here, Anu Aggrarwal with 'Aashiqui' co-actor Rahul Roy. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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Coming back to Mumbai, she was involved in a horrifying car crash in 1999 that put her in a coma for 29 days. Miraculously, she recovered and put the pieces of her life back together, first taking sanyas and then returning to Mumbai to teach yoga.

Seen here, Anu Aggarwal with 'Aashiqui' director and mentor Mahesh Bhatt. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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About the men in her life, she says “Another time, a different place, sees another love affair. Lovers change. Nothing else is new” and provides a snapshot of these men.

Mahesh Bhatt plants a peck on Anu's forehead. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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A Mahesh Bhatt’s discovery, Anu Aggarwal debuted with 'Aashiqui' and shot to fame quickly with her first release but didn’t go far with her career. In 1999, she had a near-fatal accident in Mumbai which sent her into coma. At that point, she said goodbye to tinsel town. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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Anu Aggarwal had once said that sanyas brought about alchemic changes within her. “The renunciation dress code done away with and the head no longer bare, I have internalised sanyas. Women’s empowerment, which I’d worked on all my life, has transcended to human empowerment,” she said. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

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Anu lives in the present moment now. "When managing a meditation centre in India’s Wild West, Kutch, I found that my greatest pleasure came from helping others, In Mumbai, I work with slum kids. The healing module I had researched has metamorphosed into AnuFun Yoga, my way of teaching yoga."

Anu celebrated the launch of her book with her friends from the industry. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

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Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt said she refused to be a part of her father filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s romantic musical drama 'Aashiqui' because of love. The 43-year-old, who made her debut with the 1989 film 'Daddy', has earlier said her uncle Mukesh Bhatt offered her a role in the highly acclaimed film, but she declined because her boyfriend did not want her to be an actress.

Seen here with Anu Aggarwal. (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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Pooja had said: "I had a boyfriend and I was in love with him since I was 12-year-old. When I was 16, I started dating him. At 17, I did 'Daddy' and at 18, I was offered 'Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin'. So he very patiently went through the phase of my first film and said 'If you want to marry me, drop movie offers as I’ll never marry an actor'." (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda)

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Produced by Mukesh Bhatt, 'Aashiqui', which starred Rahul Roy, Anu Aggarwal and Deepak Tiori, was both critically as well as commercially successful particularly because of its music. (Source: Varinder Chawla)