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Call of love

Following in the footsteps of his actress mother Rati Agnihotri, who rose to fame with romantic films such as Ek Duje Ke Liye, Tanuj Virwani makes his debut as an actor with Hindi film Love U Soniyo.

brunch Updated: Jul 22, 2013 15:21 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Following in the footsteps of his actress mother Rati Agnihotri, who rose to fame with romantic films such as Ek Duje Ke Liye, Tanuj Virwani makes his debut as an actor with Hindi film Love U Soniyo. At Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Sunday for the promotion of the July 26 release, the film’s lead cast (Tanuj Virwani, Neha Hinge and Bunty Walia) and singer Remo Fernandes talked about the romantic drama.


“Romance is an evergreen genre that was loved even while my mother was an actress,” says Tanuj, adding that he wanted to be a part of Love U Soniyo ever since he read its script. “For my debut, I chose a romantic film and especially this one because I could relate to the character that I portray,” says Tanuj, who has had a stint as an assistant director for films such as Aao Wish Karein and Chance Pe Dance.

Meanwhile, the film also marks the debut of Miss India 2010 Neha Hinge, who plays a Punjabi girl opposite Tanuj’s character of a Catholic boy named Mark. A software engineer by qualification, Neha says she has been lucky to get many opportunities. “This film is about Mark and Soniyo, who have been brought together by fate since their childhood, only to be drawn apart each time. But destiny has its own plan in store for these two,” she says. Also starring in the film is model-turned-actor Bunty Grewal as a police officer. Bunty will next be seen in Punjabi film Desi Munde.

The Goan returns

Famous pop, rock and Indian fusion artist and playback singer Remo Fernandes makes his return as a singer by lending his voice to Love U Soniyo’s title track. The singer from Goa, who hit the charts with his songs such as Humma Humma from Bombay and Pyar To Hona Hi Tha from the film of the same name, tell us, “I am back in the music scene after a long time with something that the audience will enjoy. I hope they appreciate my compositions like they did earlier. I also have a few other songs in the film.” Remo, who believes in churning out individual tracks more than Bollywood music, says he deliberately kept away from the Hindi film industry.

“I feel more comfortable making my own music, which is something I enjoy the most. There is more to life than Bollywood music. For instance, I feel satisfied making music for social causes such as that taken up by Anna Hazare.”