Despite being the son of veteran actor Rati Agnihotri, actor Tanuj Virwani had a hard time getting a break in Bollywood. Tanuj has starred in films like Luv U Soniyo (2013), Purani Jeans (2014), and One Night Stand (2016). However, all three flopped at the box office. He recently made a comeback with the successful Amazon Prime Video series Inside Edge. The actor plays a hot-headed star cricketer Vayu Raghavan in the show.
Tanuj also opened up about his own failures. He said, “There was a time after I did three films when people were like, ‘Oh, you are unemployable. You are box office poison. No one is ever going to sign you again.’ Boom, I end up being a part of Inside Edge and the same people come and say, ‘Oh my God, you are such an amazing actor.’ It’s hypocrisy to another level. The same people who raise you, pull you down, and raise you back again.”
“My mother goes by her maiden surname (Agnihotri) and I go by Virwani, which is my father’s surname. A lot of the time, people take a while to even make the connection. Many don’t even know I am her son. I have had my fair share of struggles also. I didn’t have the best start in the business. I did three films, none of them worked. My mother had absolutely nothing to do with them. They were relatively small films and I got them on my own,” he added.
Tanuj also spoke about nepotism. He said, “I know for a fact that nepotism does exist in our industry, favoritism does exist, camps exist, cliques exist.”