New Delhi: His mother and sister are established fashion designers, but Rahil Tandon, son of Reynu Taandon, is out to prove himself as an actor. He has made his debut with a tele-feature film produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan, no less.
"I do have Bollywood dreams. Who doesn`t? But I have no hang-ups about the medium. For me, acting is not just about making a name, it is my passion," Rahil, 23, told reporters.
The young actor, who took training from the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai, has been the lead of a theatre production, "Bollywood Love Story", directed by Sanjoy K. Roy for the past two years.
The chance to feature in the tele-film, "Like I Love You", emerged after he applied for it online. The film was part of a new concept by MTV.
The channel has collaborated with two production houses - Milestone Movies Pvt Ltd and Shah Rukh`s Red Chillies Idiot Box - to produce three romantic movies as part of their new series "Luv Reels".
Rahil features in the first of the three movies. Shot in London, the one-hour long "Like I Love You" - and for the actor - it is "a step forward to a career in Bollywood films".
However, he maintains he will never quit theatre for movies.
"I`m very passionate about acting. I`m particular about reaching the set on time or sometimes even before, because I like to understand the set-up and workings of a shoot.
"I take every project as a new learning experience. So at the end of the day, I look forward to a good project through which I can show my talent. Big or small screen has never been a criterion," he said.
"Besides, I want to carry on my work in theatre alongside whatever I do. Theatre is what has enhanced my skill in acting. I will not quit my show `Bollywood Love Story` - it has been my launch and I have always had a great time working on it," he said.
Was being a fashion designer like his mother, or sister Nikhita, never an option?
"Designing was not even the last resort for me ever. I never had it in me. But I keep giving suggestions to my mother once in a while. Since I was six, I have wanted to be an actor and I am glad I have realised my wish," Rahil said.
Now he wants to give himself a year or two to carve an identity for himself, rather than being referred to as "Reynu Taandon`s son".
"I have no problems being called my mother`s son. But I would want that in a year or two, my name comes first. Her name will always be with me. But it`s important that I create my own identity too," said Rahil.