Tinnu Anand can only be described as a multi talented human being. From being an actor to being a man having a keen acumen for directing, he has it all. Tinnu was born in the city of Mumbai before relocating to Lucknow, where he did his schooling from Mayo College. He had to fill in some big shoes given that his father was none other than the great writer Inder Raj Anand and his uncle was director
It was only natural for him to develop a love for movies. He has also assisted the great Bengali director
Satyajit Ray who received the Oscar award posthumously. Tinnu has always been in awe of
Amitabh Bachchan and he has often praised the veteran actor for his generosity.
His directorial ventures include movies like 'Kaalia', 'Shahenshah' and 'Main Azad Hoon', and many others, most of which were both commercially and critically acclaimed and starred his favourite actor, Amitabh Bachchan. Tinnu is not simply a director but there was always an actor hidden in him.
His first tryst with movies was when he donned the role of a killer in the 1987
Kamal Haasan starrer Pushpak. It was just the beginning of an illustrious career that would continue for a long time. After that, there was no stopping Tinnu.
He kept on giving spell binding performances ranging from playing a corrupt cop who becomes a fighter for justice in the
Sunny Deol hit Ghatak, to playing the cunning Mamaji in the superhit movie Damini. Whatever he did, he was always the linchpin of the stories.
He has also acted in Bengali hits like Gorosthaney Sabdhan and Gosaibaganer Bhoot, both of which were based on the fictional cases of Bengali sleuth Feluda. No matter where he went, Tinnu has always commanded respect.
Another version of this Bio...
Tinnu Anand, also known as 'Virender Raj Anand', is a Bollywood actor and director. He is known for the direction of Main Azaad Hoon,
Major Saab, Kaalia, and Shahenshah. He lives in Madh Island, far from Mumbai.He was born to famous writer Inder Raj Anand. He has a brother named Bitto. He took his education from Mayo College , Ajmer.
His father didn’t want any of the boys to enter the film industry and when Tinnu broke the news of wanting to be a director, he got upset. When he saw that Tinnu didn’t want to do anything else he enrolled him in Satyajit Ray School. His introduced him to Satyajit Ray who mentored him during his younger days.
He was also given a choice to work under '
Raj Kapoor' and '
Federico Fellini' (Italian Director) but he chose 'Satyajit' as he was a lot closer to the family. He has directed Amitabh Bachchan in four movies. It was him who, incidentally, gave a break to this century’s “Mahanayak.”
He was asked to show a picture of Amitabh Bachchan to '
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' when he was looking for the cast for 'Saat Hindustani'. He did the role of his uncle in '
Agneepath' which is most memorable part of his. In 2008, he played a crucial role in the movie '
Ghajini'. Some of his movies are '
Dabangg 2', '
Saathiya', 'Bombay', 'Krantiveer', '
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya', '
Nayagan', 'Khiladi', '
De Dana Dan' etc.
He has also worked on television in shows like 'Aa Gale Lag Ja' on Zee TV. In an interview with The Hindu, he says that Bollywood is changing as it is looking for good and original writers. It is not like earlier days when anyone who could pick a pen could be a writer. He is a passionate man who cares about the industry and the people he is associated with.
Another Bio of Him:
Very few people can juggle the responsibility and balance as an actor and director. Tinnu Anand is one such gem. His other name is Virender Raj Anand. His birth date is May 4, 1953. He was born in Mumbai. His father, Inder Raj Anand, and his uncle, Siddharth Anand, are acclaimed writer and director themselves.
He went to Mayo College in Ajmer. Ever since a child, both he and his brother wanted to direct and act in films. However, his father didn't want any of his children to work in the entertainment industry and staunchly opposed them. However, eventually, he understood that his sons wouldn't succeed in any other field since they are not skilled and passionate about anything other than films.
So, he called his friend Satyajit Ray, an eminent personality, and requested him to take Tinu under his wing. However, Satyajit didn't say yes immediately. Meanwhile, Tinnu got a role in Saat Hindustani where he was playing the role of a poet. The writer had written the role keeping Amitabh Bachchan in mind.
At the last moment, Ray agreed, and Tinnu had to let go the opportunity to act and began to assist him. After collaborating with him for a while, Tinnu commenced working independently and directed several movies like Jeena Teri Gali Mein, Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein, and so on.
As his directorial were successful, he gave up the thought of becoming an actor. But one day, Sarika, an actress and ex-wife of Kamal Hassan, called him up and asked him to act in her husband's movie since the original actor had backed out at the last minute.
He wasn't sure of his acting prowess and was also during directing a movie with Amitabh Bachchan, who was very busy then. She was incessant, and so he agreed and requested Amitabh to shot with him some other time. Bachchan agreed, and Tinnu landed the role in Kamal Hassan's Pushpak. While shooting for it, Kamal also convinced him to star in another movie named Nayakan. Both were an enormous success and catapulted into people's heart.