Tanuj Virwani Opens Up On Sunny Leone, Sleaze, Kissing & Mom Rati’s Shocked Reaction

Tanuj Virwani, son of actress Rati Agnihotri, began his Bollywood profession in 2013, with the movie titled ‘Luv U Soniyo’. He then additionally starred in ‘Purani Denims’ and ‘One Night time Stand’. He had a tricky starting within the business as all his movies tanked on the field workplace. Nevertheless, issues took a flip when he was supplied Amazon’s net collection ‘Inside Edge’, and the remaining is historical past.

In a latest interview, Tanuj talked in lengths about his movies that failed on the field workplace, his determination to do intimate scenes on display screen and the way his mother reacted to it.

Right here’s an excerpt from the interview:

When your first three movies didn’t do effectively, how did you are feeling? As a result of even the press or the critics weren’t very type to you.

No person was type at the moment, apart from my canine at residence (laughs). I didn’t really feel a lot of a pinch after my first movie didn’t carry out effectively as a result of at that time, I had a three-film contract with Eros Worldwide, out of which Purani Denims was the primary of the three. However after Purani Denims tanked on the field workplace, that deal went away and I by no means did any movie for them.

I stayed at residence for a couple of 12 months after which I did a Sunny Leone movie. I had a realistic strategy in the direction of that movie. I informed myself that she is a well-established identify within the business. So, I believed that if the movie does effectively, good for me, and if it doesn’t, it’s on her as a result of she is the star. So, it took the strain off me. However then, that movie additionally didn’t do effectively. I started to really feel that I’m unemployable and I’m in a field workplace jail. I began to suppose that nobody’s going to forged me. They have been fairly darkish occasions.

So how did you deal with that?

Actually, I didn’t get a lot probability to deal with it as a result of on fifth Might 2016, ‘One Night time Stand’ was launched. And on the exact same day, I had gone with my mother and pop to look at the movie, and throughout the interval, I received a name from Excel they usually mentioned, “We’re casting for a brand new net collection which goes to be on Amazon Prime.”

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And I’m like, “What’s an internet collection? Amazon? Aren’t these the fellows who promote groceries and books? What’s happening? Did I miss one thing whereas I used to be watching the film?”

So, that’s the day I received a name for Inside Edge and the remaining is historical past. Inside Edge got here into my life and saved me. I didn’t have time to take a seat and grieve as a result of earlier than I knew, I used to be again on set.

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Once you signed the movie with Sunny Leone, have been you frightened that you’d be stereotyped as somebody who does sleazy movies?

I did travel earlier than I signed the movie. I even consulted my mother and associates. And I got here to a conclusion that everybody related to the movie appeared very legend. Additionally, it had an necessary message. It wasn’t sleazy.

And, I someway really feel that it shouldn’t have been titled ‘One Night time Stand’ as a result of that’s a really small a part of the movie. It’s deceptive to the viewers as a result of that’s not the form of movie we have been making. The message of the story was that why the foundations for a person who cheats in a relationship are completely different from when a girl cheats. Our director is a girl, our author Bhavna is a girl and Sunny was there. So, it was a narrative being informed by ladies, for girls, from a ladies’s perspective. It didn’t have that acquainted male gaze. And I made a decision to be part of cinema that, together with entertaining folks, additionally enlightens and educates them.

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As a result of the fact is that if a man goes round and tells that I’ve been with so many ladies, persons are like, ‘Wow! What a stud!’ But when a girl have been to do this, she can be known as with all types of derogatory names. So, that’s the place I used to be coming from and determined to do this movie.

There was a sure picture of you again then. Tanuj Virwani- the stud, the South Bombay Dangerous Boy, the man who smooches and sleeps round! That’s the form of picture you had on-screen and off-screen as effectively. And it’s very completely different from the form of picture your mom Rati Agnihotri had. Her picture is so clear. She by no means even did a kissing scene in her profession. So, was it embarrassing for you or is it embarrassing to look at these scenes along with your dad and mom?

No, I don’t suppose it’s embarrassing. And I’m greater than tremendous watching it with my dad and mom. Firstly, as a result of it’s performing. Secondly, as a result of I made these choices about my occupation as an grownup. I perceive that my mother is from a distinct era and her thought course of is completely different. She was rattled whereas watching the opening scene of Inside Edge. However I informed her that it’s the story’s demand and that’s how the world features. I mentioned, “You both evolve with the altering occasions or you’re out. It is so simple as that. You can not afford to change into a dinosaur.”

Sure, I had a specific picture each on-screen and off-screen, however I didn’t try this out of a alternative. I didn’t select that I want to be perceived in that method nevertheless it was the character’s demand and folks start to consider that you’re simply an extension of the characters that you just play.

You might have carried out many intimate scenes and have change into fairly an skilled. However do you bear in mind the primary time you probably did a kissing scene and what was it like? Had been you shy or acutely aware?

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Sure, I do bear in mind. I used to be very acutely aware and surprisingly, the lady wasn’t. I used to be extra shy than the lady. It was for my first movie ‘Luv U Soniyo’. It was a scene with Neha Hinge and we have been capturing at St. Xaviers. It was a classroom kiss and it occurs in an empty classroom. I did the primary take and thought that we have been carried out. However the director mentioned, “No, we aren’t carried out. We’re getting began. It’s going to take some time as I’ve to take completely different angles.”

And I panicked a bit of. I went and put 3-4 mints in my mouth. I questioned if my mouth was smelling of onions.

However over a time frame, you realise that it’s simply one other day at work. You perceive {that a} kissing scene is simply one other scene within the script. You need to carry out it identical to some other scene. Don’t give it much less or extra significance than some other scene. So, now it has change into very mechanical. It makes no distinction to me, whether or not there are two folks on units, or fifty. I simply go clean, type a small bubble for myself and suppose that it’s the character that I’m enjoying.

Additionally, you will need to have a superb rapport along with your co-star. You each have to really feel comfy. Belief comes into the equation if you find yourself doing such scenes. She shouldn’t really feel that I’m attempting to reap the benefits of hers or vice versa. So, it’s necessary that you just guys hold speaking and hold the atmosphere good and light-weight.

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