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Debuting with Nayee Padosan six years ago,it’s his comedy roles that have fetched popularity for Anuj Saawhney.

Written by Tanvi Salkar |
March 5, 2009 12:13:00 am

Actor Anuj Saawhney on his penchant for comic roles,his love for theatre and his forthcoming films

Debuting with Nayee Padosan six years ago,it’s his comedy roles that have fetched popularity for Anuj Saawhney. However,he describes himself as a versatile actor who believes in doing good films,citing the three diverse roles he will be seen in this year. The actor is in the city today along with his wife Ashita to promote her brand Kaihaan at the Fashionista Lifestyle Exhibition at Ishanya.

Having featured in films including Nayee Padosan,Tom Dick and Harry and Chingari,Saawhney also feels that comedy remains the most popular genre with the audiences. “It is easily grasped by the people and is naturally more entertaining. Today,seven out of 10 films that top the charts are comedy centric. Nevertheless you’ll see me in diverse roles this year,” adds the actor who has three films scheduled this year. Speaking on them he says,“I am doing a comic thriller,Mr Fraud,alongside Sanjay Dutt,Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu. The film should be out this Diwali,along with another one,Lashkar,where I have an intense role of a member of the underworld. The third one,Brides Wanted is by Girish Acharrya where Waheeda Rehman and Girish Karnad are my grandparents and I am opposite eight girls,five of them ex Miss Indias. I am an NRI in the film who has a strong belief in arranged marriages in India. It is a romantic English comedy also being dubbed in Hindi.”

Passionate about his acting career,Saawanhey,having done theatre for two years with English director Barry John and later with a theatre group called Act 1 under N K Sharma and has a special liking for music with an enormous collection. “I have been staying alone in Mumbai. So,at first,it was out of loneliness,than as a compulsion and eventually became my hobby. I have almost 14,000 songs in my i-pod in 25 different genres,from trance to old Hindi classic,with symphonies being the latest interest,” he adds.

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