He harboured acting ambition from a young age, but Anmol Thakeria had not imagined being launched by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in his wildest dream. Proud to headline Tuesdays and Fridays with debutante Jhatalekha Malhotra, Thakeria remembers meeting the auteur for the romance .
“I had never met Mr Bhansali before, nor did my parents know him. The agency sent Jhatalekha and me when he was scouting for brand spanking new faces. He was kind and made a rank newcomer like me feel respected.
He had a quick chat with us, after which we sent our audition tapes and dance videos to him,” says the actor. When he didn’t get a call-back soon after, Thakeria assumed somebody else had bagged the part.
“Months later, I got a call, saying that he liked us and wanted us to satisfy the director [Taranveer Singh]. I had suffered an injury while playing football and had undergone had a surgery. So once I met the director, i used to be on crutches. It’s a surprise things figured out ,” he laughs.
The film is releasing at a time when the insider-versus-outsider debate is at its peak. Does he worry about how he are going to be perceived? “I haven’t been within the limelight , nor do i buy papped. Jhatalekha and Taranveer are outsiders, and that we were all given an equivalent opportunity by Mr Bhansali. How i will be able to be perceived isn’t in my control, but I’ll exerting to earn my place in people’s hearts.”
Though his parents have yet to observe the film, he says mother Poonam Dhillon is ecstatic. “She is proud that I got the film on merit which someone like Mr Bhansali showed faith in me.”