Acting was not first choice: Tanuj Virwani

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Actor Tanuj Virwani, who will soon be seen in the forthcoming thriller “One Night Stand” with actress Sunny Leone, says that acting was never his first choice.

Having worn the hat of an assistant director (AD) for films “Aao Wish Karein” and “Chance Pe Dance” which were directed by Glen Barretto and Ken Ghosh respectively before, Tanuj says that his experience as an AD has definitely helped him out in the field of acting.

“Experience as an AD was indeed very helpful. Being there on the other side helps as you then know which angle, what light, works for us an an actor,” Tanuj told IANS.

With veteran actress Rati Agnihotri as his mother, Tanuj believes that it was obvious that even though he ventured into directing, he would get into the field of acting.

“Acting was not a first choice, I have been an AD before but I guess with a stalwart as my mother… an apple never falls far from a tree,” the “ Purani Jeans” actor said.

Asked if he would like to feature in a film with his mother?

“We have worked in ‘Purani Jeans’ together, although it was a cameo. We would love to work in a film together but not because we want to be together but because the script needs us… it has to be organic not forced,” the 29-year-old actor.

Although his earlier films “Luv U Soniyo” and Tanushri Chattrji Bassu directorial “Purani Jeans” did not work out, Tanuj never felt discouraged and never considered changing his career as the failure encouraged him to do better.

The actor signed “One Night Stand” after eight months of his last project.

Sharing that people do have some pre-conceived notions about actress Sunny Leone, Tanuj says that more than that, the important point was that he had to work with a comparitively established actress as he is new himself.

He also said that Sunny as a co-star is “very professional and very patient”.

Asked if he is open to other mediums like theatre and TV?

“I haven’t tried theatre but I am open to it and television as well if something good comes my way,” he said.

Tanuj went on to hone his acting skills from the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting institute.

The actor’s forthcoming film “One Night Stand” is a Jasmine Moses D’souza directorial, while the music for the film has been composed by Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros, Tony Kakkar and Vevek Kar.

The film will release on Friday.

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