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Fiji-born actor plays villain in Bollywood movie

June 28
10:14 2013
Anil Mani (right) with Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma at the premier of: A Psychological Journey. Photo: JONA KONATACI

Anil Mani (right) with Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma at the premier of: A Psychological Journey. Photo: JONA KONATACI

By FARISHA AHMED

Fiji born actor Anil Mani not only continues to make headlines in Bollywood he has certainly won the hearts of his people here.
The movie ‘A psychological Journey Nirankush’ directed by Raju Kafley sees Mr Mani in a dark shade character to the lead character.
Speaking at the Premier of his debut movie at Village six on Wednesday, chief guest and Minister of Health Dr Neil Sharma said what Mr Mani achieved is an inspiration and motivation for others in the country.
“Coming from a background that he is, Mr Mani has proved that Indians can do anything,” Dr Sharma said.
“He has actually put Fiji on the map, India being a country whose people didn’t know whether there’s a country called Fiji, has seen a Fijian actor make wonders in the movie industry.
“Movies are one of India’s biggest powers and Mr Mani has certainly done well and made his country proud as well,” he said.

Role
Mr Mani plays a psychotic villain ‘Duda’ which is parallel to the hero of the film.
Mr Mani in his unique style portrays himself in a dark-shed experimental character in Nirankush. It is a story of an insecure psychological condition of a person and an outcome of the conflict between the two different thought levels in one brain.
“I was overwhelmed to do such a movie and the journey has been extremely wonderful,” Mr Mani said.
“I’m really proud to be the first Fijian to be in Bollywood.
”I’m going to win the hearts of the Indians and this will go on. I’m very proud to tell everyone in Bollywood that I’m from Fiji.”
His character starts after the first half of the movie which then picks up pace and sets fire to the screen with his first dialogue ‘Mare Manta?’ (Do you want to die?).
The movie portraying various faces and nature of a person and his struggles to challenge his own self, is a must see.

Background
Introducing Mr Mani was his friend and a former broadcaster Sherine Prasad said, in reality Mr Mani is quiet a shy person.
“He is shy most of the times, but once you get to know him, you will be surprised that he is very down to earth person,” Ms Prasad said.
The journey from the cane fields of Tavua to Bollywood has been tough yet an interesting and adventurous one for Mr Mani.
“With keen interest in acting, music and movies, Mr Mani managed to achieve his dream by getting a role in Bollywood and becoming the first Fijian to fly our flag so high in B Town,” Ms Prasad said.
Mr Mani started his career in 2009 with a music video Humare Sapne and established himself as an actor.
He has locally produced and directed as well as played the lead role in Hindi features gilm ‘Jodi.’

Venture in Bollywood
Mr Mani first met Bollywood director Raju Kafley in Mumbai in mid 2011 who thought of casting him in his movies.
The director in a Mumbai global newspaper said “Anil’s passion towards acting and his tantalizing look influenced me to cast him in a parallel role.”
Mr Kafley said he was surprised to Mr Mani gave him an okay shot in the first take.

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