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Anand Tiwari on a break from acting; says his focus is on directorial debut

Film and stage actor Anand Tiwari is looking forward to the release of his directorial debut and says that he doesn’t want to make films for a niche audience.

bollywood Updated: Jun 07, 2017 13:37 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Anand Tiwari might take up acting projects once he’s done with his directorial venture.
Anand Tiwari might take up acting projects once he’s done with his directorial venture. (Yogen Shah)

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Actor Anand Tiwari was lauded for his performance in Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! in 2015. But after that, he hasn’t featured in a film. Reason? He says he got busy with his directorial debut and production work.

“I wanted to take a small sabbatical to concentrate on my directorial debut. It’s my first film and I didn’t want to compromise. Also, there are other things that I have been producing,” says Anand, who has worked in films such as The President Is Coming (2009), Udaan (2010), Go Goa Gone (2012).

Anand’s directorial debut is a romantic comedy, which he has co-written with actor Sumeet Vyas of Permanent Roommates fame. Ask him what sets his film apart, considering there are so many romcoms made in Bollywood, and Anand says, “I don’t know if my film is different or not but it is not a typical romcom. The film revolves around the issue of finding a space in Mumbai. It also deals with the idea of how love doesn’t happen at first [sight], rather it happens by chance and makes the relationship complicated. Love here is an afterthought.”

So, when will fans see him back on-screen? The actor says he might take up a few acting projects once he is done with his film, and thereafter, he would want to balance both acting and direction. Anand also points out that currently, he feels drawn towards working behind the camera. So, what does he plan to direct next? “I believe in content beyond the genre. My next film can be yet another romcom or an action film, I am not sure. But what I know is that I want to tell stories that come directly from my heart and reach the masses. I want to make sure that the story appeals to everyone. I am not here to make niche films,” says the 34-year-old.

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