‘The lock­down has some­where been ther­a­peu­tic’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Sonil Ded­hia sonil.ded­hia@htlive.in n

There are good days and bad days dur­ing the lock­down,” points out ac­tor Tanuj Vir­wani, who is en­joy­ing spend­ing time at home, and is pur­su­ing hob­bies that one can’t in a daily work rou­tine. “I don’t need to cook as I am lucky to have a live-in chef but I de­cided why not utilise this time to learn some­thing. I have started cook­ing some­thing that I am not re­ally good at. My mother (Rati Ag­ni­hotri) is in Poland with my aunt, so I am miss­ing her and the food she cooks,” he says.

The In­side Edge ac­tor, along with his col­leagues, have come up with an an­i­mated comic se­ries which is aimed to reach out to peo­ple who are flout­ing the lock­down rules and also raise money for Covid-19 war­riors, “I was shoot­ing for a web-se­ries with Jitne­dra Joshi and Ritwik Dhanaji when the lock­down hap­pened. We were ran­domly talk­ing about how we wanted to be in­no­va­tive and at the same time not be preachy. We de­cided to do some­thing light­hearted that yet drives home the point,” he says, ad­ding, “It is tar­geted at peo­ple who are be­hav­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly and aren’t un­der­stand­ing the mean­ing of lock­down. The end is to raise money through this se­ries and con­trib­ute to an NGO,” he shares.

How much has his life changed post the lock­down? “I am a hy­per per­son and al­ways like to be oc­cu­pied with some­thing, so the first cou­ple of weeks were dif­fi­cult as it hap­pened sud­denly. But this pe­riod has been a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery. It feels like we have hit the pause but­ton, and it is for the good. The lock­down has some­where been ther­a­peu­tic as it has made me calmer and more pa­tient as a per­son which is go­ing to help me, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. It has al­lowed me to spend time with my fam­ily and peo­ple who mat­ter the most,” he con­cludes.

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