Anmol Thakeria Dhillon is set to debut in Bollywood with the Taranveer-Singh directorial, under Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production house.
Son of actress Poonam Dhillon and producer Ashok Thakeria, Anmol was brought up by Poonam, singlehandedly, after she separated from her husband. The young actor talks about his debut film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, his childhood and being raised by his mum.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q Do you have the Friday jitters as your debut film is all set to release in the theatres?
I’m very excited, but naturally, because I am a newcomer, I do feel the Friday jitters. Debuting with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a great opportunity. I am extremely grateful to get this chance.
Q What’s Tuesdays & Fridays about?
The story is different and is about how feasible this kind of relationship will be — where the lovers are allowed to meet only on Tuesdays and Fridays — because after a point, any couple in a relationship would want to meet each other at least every day and not just for two days.The film is entertaining, with a new take on love.
Q Your take on love and relationships?
With access to social media , you have lot of options — it’s like a menu card. Even so, I know people who need a special somebody in their life and spend time with them. Developing a relationship depends on the mind-set of different people and what they are looking for.
Q Tell us about your childhood, being raised by a single mum?
My parents separated when my sister and I were very young. During our childhood, our mum had stopped taking up any work as she wanted to focus on our upbringing and education.. She brought us up both of us in an extremely grounded and simple manner. Sometimes it’s not an ideal situation when parents get separated. But in my case both our parents remain important in our lives.
Today also, mum is open and nice to dad and vice versa so we are all like friends. As children, you need to be easy going and supportive. There’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Be positive. Life is beautiful and everyone has to make the most of it.
Q Why do you chose to keep your mother’s surname, Dhillon.
I’m keeping Dhillon as my surname because my mother has been very influential in my life. She has taught me all the good things I know. It’s a tribute to her.