Ananya Pandey(born 30 October 1998) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. The daughter of actor Chunky Pandey, she ventured into acting in 2019 with leading roles in the teen film Student of the Year 2 and the comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh. Ananya Pandey for the former film, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2019, AnanyaPandey launched an initiative named So Positive to create awareness about social media bullying, prevent negativity and build a positive community. At the 2019Economic Times Awards, the project was named Initiative of the Year.
Ananya Pandey made her acting debut in 2019 with the teen film Student of the Year 2, co-starring Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria, which was produced by Dharma Productions. Nandini Ramnath felt that Pandey showed potential in an unremarkable film. The film under performed at the box office. Pandey next starred in Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019), a remake of the 1978 film of the same name, alongside Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar. She played a secretary who indulges in an affair with a married man, which was portrayed by Ranjeeta Kaur in the original.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote that “Pandey is perfectly cast as the wide-eyed girl who sweeps the hero off his feet but holds her own ground”. With a worldwide gross of ₹1.15 billion (US$16 million), it emerged as a commercial success. Pandey won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in Student of the Year 2.
Ananya Pandey will next star in the action filmKhaali Peeli, co-starring Ishaan Khatter, and in Shakun Batra’s as-yet untitled romantic drama, alongsideDeepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi. She will also team with Vijay Deverakonda for Puri Jagannadh’s as-yet untitled multilingual film