Aanand L Rai Wants To Be Known As Good, Original Storyteller


Aanand L Rai is famous for bringing in the young female actresses to the big screen. He is well known for lifting up the stories from the small town in a graceful manner. He gained the fame from the success of his movie, Tanu Weds Manu. Rai has also earned himself the tag of a reputed producer with Happy Bhaag Jayegi. Currently, he is working on Shubh Mangal Savdhan with Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar.


In a recent interview, Aanand L Rai said:

“I am at a place now where I can encourage filmmaking that changes the perception of family films, from plain conservative to thought-provoking, entertaining and worthy of dinner table discussions and therefore, I am happy to present films like ‘Shubh Mangal…’.”

Aanand L Rai is not having only Shubh Mangal Savdhaan in his bag. He’s set to work on his upcoming projects.The list includes Newton, Happy Bhag Jayegi Sequel, and Anurag Kashyap’s directional Mukkabaaz. According to this context, he said:

“There’s also a constant endeavor to associate with content which resonates with the above sentiment, and you’ll see that in films like ‘Newton’ and ‘Mukkabaaz’. I believe stories come from experiences, either your own or of the ones you can relate to.”

He added:

“I give stories the prime importance, be it the ones I am directing or producing. Each story comes with its own scale of storytelling and that’s why films like ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, ‘Newton’ or ‘Mukkabaaz’ make me very proud. I don’t want to be defined by any particular space other than that of good and original storytelling.” 

Rai believes that Indian Cinema reflects the society and is undergoing a change.

“As a filmmaker, I consider it my privilege to have a medium of expression that can reach so many people with my thoughts and if presented well, I know that people will embrace it too.”

Talking about Shubh Mangal Savdhan directed by RS Prasanna, Rai said:

“It’s an out and out entertainer. I have always been excited about films that blend in unique concepts and characters against the backdrop of a mundane Indian household. It helps bring out the characters’ nuances and make them stand out, which we don’t usually notice in daily life. I’m introducing new characters with this film. The woman of today is not the same as four years ago and we should pay attention and respect that. The female protagonist, Sugandha (Bhumi) is as distinct as Tanu and Datto were from each other in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.”

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Aanand L Rai praised Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar by saying:

“Ayushmann is a brilliant actor, who can confidently shine in the simplest of characters and retain the simplicity which is a great quality for an actor. That’s why he becomes an obvious choice for a lot of roles. And I will say the same about Bhumi, an actor selflessly available to a story. It was great working with them.”

He is currently working on his upcoming movie with Shah Rukh Khan.

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