“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…’,” Rai told PTI in an exclusive interview here. 2017-07-30T14:19:10+00:00″>
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Aanand L Rai is currently working with Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, and Katrina Kaif. “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. 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. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App I believe stories come from experiences, either your own or of the ones you can relate to. He then went to direct two superhit filmsRaanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. That’s why he becomesan obvious choice for a lot of roles. Related News
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