Mere paas maa hai
A mother-son bond is special. And what happens when the son decides to follow in the mother's footsteps?
Well, in Rati Agnihotri and son Tanuj Virwani’s case, it just got stronger! With Sunday being Mother’s Day, CS watched as Rati and Tanuj indulged in some mother-son banter:
Ties that bind
Rati: Tanuj writes and visualises things very well. He sends me lovely personalised mails and letters. I have kept each and every letter he has given me.
Tanuj: I make her cry at least twice a year for the right reasons. Last year for her birthday, she got all her friends together, read the letters, and they all cried together!
Like mother, like son
Tanuj: I vividly recall going up to mum and telling her very casually that I wanted to become an actor. She initially thought it was a joke. But I convinced her that I really felt that I have a lot to offer.
Rati: It’s unbelievable how I got to know that he had signed his first film. A journalist called me up and congratulated me on Tanuj’s signing his first film. It took me by surprise and I told the journalist that I was completely unaware of this. He thought I was pulling a fast one!
Proud day for mommy
Rati: On Tanuj’s first day of shoot, I was shooting in Lucknow and couldn’t be there for his mahurat shot. When I got back, they were shooting at Sophia’s College. I decided to drop by at lunchtime so I wouldn’t disturb him while shooting. I went with some of his friends but left quickly. So I never actually got to see him in action.
Tanuj: I was actually quite happy that mum wasn’t around because I was highly nervous for my first shot.
Rati: During the screening of Bodyguard, the promos for his film had just come out. So I went to the theatre and watched Tanuj for the first time on the big screen. I was taking in each and every word and when the promo got over, I stood up and I was so busy clapping for him, I didn’t realise the film had started. Even though he asked me to stop it because I was embarrassing him, I stood up and clapped. It was my moment. Thank God I don’t know how to whistle! (smiles) I may have worked in over 300 films, but the feeling of pride when you watch your child on screen is something else.