MTV is my bread, movies my butter: VJ Rannvijay

May 15th, 2008 - 12:21 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Rannvijay Singh Sangha is best known as the suave host of MTV’s popular reality show “Roadies”, but now one of the hottest VJs of the Indian small screen has ventured into films with “Toss”. However, this popular VJ says he won’t cut down on veejaying.

“Now that I will be in movies, they will earn me my butter. But MTV would always remain my bread,” Rannvijay told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

Rannvijay rose to popularity after he won the first season of MTV’s hit reality show “Roadies”. Later he got an opportunity to host the subsequent instalments of the show, which is now in its fifth season.

He gives the entire credit for his success and fame to “Roadies”, saying: “When I was a participant, the show gave me a platform through which people started knowing me. When I started hosting the show, people started coming for autographs and today if people recognise me in the industry, it is all thanks to ‘Roadies’.”

In the film “Toss”, he plays the role of Ryan, a firm believer in god.

“For the role, the filmmakers wanted a charming and good-looking boy. I don’t know to what extent I fulfil those criteria, but I really like the role,” he said.

Apart from “Toss”, the VJ-turned-actor who had earlier planned to join the armed forces would also be seen in “Mumbai Cutting… A City Unfolds”.

For the film, 11 prominent Indian directors - Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Dholakia, Ruchi Narain, Kundan Shah, Revathy, Shashank Ghosh, Jahnu Barua, Manish Jha, Rituparno Ghosh, Ayush Raina - were assigned to make 10-minute shorts about Mumbai.

“‘Mumbai Cutting’ brings together 10 Indian directors who would interpret Mumbai in their own way and I am a part of one of the interpretations by Shashank,” he said.

In another film being directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Rannvijay would be playing “a strong character shown as a cool college hunk”. The film, he says, would be a dark film and is not yet titled.

Rannvijay says he was a complete movie buff in his college days. “I used to love watching movies and enacting the dialogues in front of the mirror all the time. Besides, I think I am a good actor in real life too,” he quipped.

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