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Comedies yes, solo-hero films no: Anuj Sawhny

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

Anuj Sawhny is probably the only actor in Bollywood whose first two movies were comedies.

Well-behaved, shy, camera-friendly and driven by the urge to make it big, the 28-year-old speaks in a confident voice.

"That both 'Nayee Padosan' and 'Fun2shhh' were comedies is a coincidence. I didn't mind sharing the screen with two other actors in both," Anuj told IANS.

"In 'Nayee Padosan', though there were two other newcomers it was made very clear that I was the main lead. I got the girl, remember?" he chuckles.

"Besides, I preferred not to do a solo-hero film. In Bollywood, if you flop in a solo-hero film your career is over. I've been offered solo-hero films but I turned them down," he confesses.

Getting serious, Anuj, who's a Delhi boy to the core, admits the banner tilted his decision.

"'Nayee Padosan' was produced by Nitin Manmohan. It was a big banner. After 'Nayee Padosan' I had lots of offers. Like 'Nayee Padosan' 'Fun2shhh' was directed by a new director. It felt good because I was able to communicate my thoughts without being intimidated by the director.

"'Fun2sssh' was the first sci-fi comedy in Hindi. So even though it was another comedy I couldn't let it go. And my characters in the two films were very dissimilar. I don't think I'll be typecast in comic films just because my first two films were comic. In fact my next film isn't a comedy."

Anuj's next film "Bride Wanted" is in the English language.

"I get to act with such stalwarts as Girish Karnad and Waheeda Rehman. I play their grandson who comes from the US to India and changes as a human being because of certain incidents. It is produced by a production house named 02."

Anuj, who was one of the actors nominated for best debutant at the Screen awards, believes in doing his job and not getting anxious about the end result.

"That's what the Bhagvad Gita tells us. God has given me the chance and I'll make the best of my opportunities. I'm working hard. The rest isn't under my control," says Anuj, who had an arranged marriage four years ago.

"That was the precondition for my career in Mumbai," he smiles. The couple is expecting their first child.

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