January 9, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Who is Tinnu Anand? He made his debut as an actor in the silent film Pushpak (1987.) Over time, he worked in Nayakan, Dayavan, Laga Chunri Mein Daag, Ghajini and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. His proper name is Virendra Raj Anand. He portrayed Marquis Godwin, one of the great grandsons of Thomas Godwin in Sandip Ray’s Gorosthane Sabdhaan. He has done a brilliant job of the brief cameo. Few people know about actor-producer-director-scriptwriter Tinnu Anand’s training under Satyajit Ray. “My father, noted writer of stories, screenplays and scripts in Mumbai films, sent me to Ray as an observer when I expressed a wish to work in films,” he says. Inder Raj Anand, who I personally knew when I was a child as my father’s close friend, was a voracious reader, unfilmy, warm and friendly.
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Though born into a film family, his father being a behind-the-scenes person kept the family away from the glitz and glamour of the tinsel world. Tinnu retains that unassuming quality despite his success and his long tenure in films. “Though I was an observer of Ray on the sets, I assisted him when he began Seemabaddha. Despite my FTII background in direction, Ray was the perfect institute to learn from. Working with his son Sandip is like coming back to Ray again,” he says. His work in Sandip’s earlier film Hit List was a sheer waste of his talents as an actor.
“What makes my work in Gorosthane Sabdhan different is this is my first Feluda film and my work in the film has triggered in me the desire to work in many more Feluda films directed by Sandip in the near future of course if he asks me to,” says the veteran producer whose two films Main Azad Hoon and Agnipath fetched Amitabh Bachchan his first National Award as Best Actor. “I feel sorry about the fact that Main Azad Hoon did nor fare well in the commercial circuit except perhaps in Kolkata. But this sadness was undercut with the tremendous success of Agnipath not only because of Amitabh Bachchan but also because of the solid supporting cast who invested the film with so much dedication that it has become an archival film,” he reminisces fondly.
Explaining what appealed to him about Marquis Godwin, Tinnu says, “I liked the character because it was against the grain which appeals to every actor. It specially appealed to me because I have always been a character actor and when you look at my face, you will understand why,” he says smiling, his dry wit intact. “Marquis was challenging. He represents a forgotten class of people haunted by the shadow of an affluent past but held captive within its decadent present with no future in sight. He is trapped within the aristocracy he represents but has failed to live up to. He is in a no-exit situation where he cannot deny his blue blood ancestry and cannot find a way out of his decadent, sub-human lifestyle. I loved it.”
Shoma A. Chatterji