Tanuj Virwani said on nepotism – will not get work just because you are Khan or Kapoor

Mumbai. Despite being the son of actress Rati Agnihotri, Tanuj Virwani had to prove her ability before being accepted as an actor. How did Tanuj feel as a star kid and how has his journey so far been in the industry? The actor called his ‘Star Kid’ status a ‘double-edged sword’.

He further said that, ‘It is both a boon and a curse. As a star kid, you get access to many people in the film fraternity, from actors, directors to casting directors. However, they will meet you only because of the respect of your parents, after that it is your own journey and you have to make your own way. Nobody will give you work every time just because you are Khan or Kapoor or someone else.

While reiterating that nepotism exists in every industry, Tanuj insists, “If you have the ability as an actor, then people will spend money on you.” Star kids like Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan are not the star actors of their family background industry, but because of their honesty, hard work and most importantly talent. The truth of nepotism is in front of everyone to see. The debate of nepotism is being done only for this.

Apart from his friends and colleagues in the industry, Tanuj Virwani feels that he has a group of friends outside of Bollywood who keep a close watch on him. ‘I think, as an actor, we are very nomadic. When we work together, I will hang out with them. But I have many friends who are not from the film fraternity, I have known them since childhood or met them during my life.

Apart from his friends and colleagues in the industry, Tanuj Virwani feels, ‘There is a group of friends outside of Bollywood who keep a close eye on him. ‘I think, as an actor, we are very nomadic. When we work together, I will hang out with them. But I have many friends who are not from the film fraternity, I have known them since childhood or met them during my life.

He said smilingly, they are very important, otherwise you are with the same people, talking about the same things. It is like being inside a bubble. When I am doing a reality check, I call my friends from outside the industry and ask for feedback from them. I don’t even have to ask them to be honest; He told me what I needed to improve.

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