Popular actor Tanuj Birwani has been in the industry for some time. Dapper and model turned actor is known for playing the role of Vayu Raghavan in the web series Inside edge. Despite being the son of veteran actress Rati Agnihotri, he has worked hard to achieve success.
Needless to say, the dangers of having a star baby bring a lot of expectations and the young actor took a place in the eyes of the audience by playing some great roles on the web.
In exclusive conversations with International Business Times IndiaWhat kept Tanuj Birwani busy and holding him in the lockdown, why the need for ultimate restrictions on social media, how freedom of speech is being abused and finally Sushant Singh highlighted a significant issue in the untimely death of Rajput.
How his lockdown is going on
Lockdown has now become a way of life, the first month was the worst, we were all working, shooting and then all of a sudden we were indoors, couldn’t travel, he was told to stay indoors, a lot of restrictions were imposed, these It took time to adjust. That being said, it was for our own benefit because this epidemic is an invisible enemy, it is deadly and dangerous. Now with each passing month, I have to adjust to the current situation and adapt to the new general.
When rethinking new hobbies during quarantine
As you know, Mumbai is known for its traffic and when I was in South Bombay I had to travel to the suburbs every day for a shoot, so half of my day was spent on travel. There was very little time left. After setting the lockdown, I decided to revisit my old hobbies, for example, I started reading, cooking, listening to music, watching television, etc. I started playing isolated cricket, some of which, just bowling. I believe that not only physical health is important by the epidemic, we should all be emotionally aroused and occupy ourselves. Since the gym is closed, I work out at home. I used to make short films and now I have learned to edit.
All you have to do is look for ways to make your day productive. This is not a competition you have to win. You live every day and make it memorable. We need to make sure you maintain a good balance.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death
I was shocked and saddened by the news. I didn’t know him personally, he was familiar, I might have seen him at an odd party but at the end of the day my heart goes out to his family. When the news of his sudden death began to surface, I was able to relate to a lot of things that he must have done and how difficult it is for anyone to survive in this industry.
People say that actors live a great life, they travel the world, there is glamor, but no one knows what happened behind this closed door. We have a lot of fights and we have become our own worst enemy. In this world, there are a lot of people who pull you down and make you feel stingy at times like this to build your mental muscle. It happened to me too. I come from a film family, my mother has been in the industry for over 35 years and I was rejected a lot at the beginning of my career. Three of my pictures got a place at the box-office and I was out of work for 8-9 months. No one wanted to sign me, I was the box office poison in the eyes of many. Only when the web series started in a flurry and I did ‘Inside Edge’ when the ball was rolling.
I can only talk about myself and how it has affected my travels. People think I have a lot more perfect than others. However, a lot of expectations come from us, you have to be like your parents, draw comparisons. My mom has done over 300 films and I can’t be like her in my first few films. At first, I was overwhelmed by this thought and was very stressed about all this. Soon, I began to find a way to separate myself from these thoughts. I said to myself, ‘I can’t change people’s perceptions, but I can change myself, can’t I?’ I started to improve myself as much as possible. And what I’ve learned in my time is that the more famous you are, the more you have to struggle to live up to people’s expectations and it can degrade a person.
Social media warriors and negativity all over the internet
When Ishii Sir died, and before that when a horrible accident happened to Shabana (Azmi) mam, the pictures went viral and I was shocked and stunned. I don’t understand what kind of joy people enjoy sharing these images? A few years ago, when social media came along, it was a good thing because people use microblogging sites for information and use social media to stay connected, it was a very nice thing. Now, the same thing has turned into a horrible experience. Especially in the case of Sushant, it was highly unexpected that he was in his first year, you are a super successful actor, the world is your oyster and for whatever reason, you have taken this drastic step and social media has expressed negativity and turned a naughty circle.
I think we should rather focus on what we as a society can learn from this and if a person feels lonely or depressed and why the world is against us? How can we solve these problems and issues and build trust among people? With his death, people are making these about themselves, writing a melodic composition, mourning as if they were his best friends.
As far as I know, a lot of actors are living their lives and noticing what happened to them. Let us mourn his loss, celebrate the honor of his life with all his things and then talk about ourselves. When celebrities come out and say his death is a stupid drama, investigate his death, I feel very stingy, naughty. Is this a detective show? Authorities, investigators and police are doing their job, so what’s going on here? There needs to be some restrictions on social media, freedom of speech and freedom of thought are not doing any good I think there is too much power and with all these incidents I feel we don’t deserve it.
When will he start shooting?
When the lockdown started, I was shooting a cartel show, and then the lockdown was announced, so we’ll probably start shooting in mid-July. Although the situation with the ongoing epidemic is changing every day, I can’t say anything at the moment, what may be true today may not be true in a week. I would like to return to the set but I do not want to be distracted as I am with my parents and I am taking necessary precautions. My mom and dad are young so I need to be extremely careful.
I will be seen in Amazon Prime’s show ‘Kamatipura’. It is a crime thriller and I am playing a negative character. Then there’s ‘Inside Edge 3’ at the end of the year. There’s a Netflix show called ‘Masaba Masaba’ and I’m doing a cameo on it. Code M Season 2, Cartel and a few more projects that I can’t say bow. Well, looking at the current situation OTT platforms are doing well. I hope to do well and entertain my audience.