Was asked to make Manu a little macho: Aanand L Rai

Rai says when he was working on “Tanu Weds Manu”, which featured Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan, he was advised to make the character of Manu more “macho” to fit in a bigger star. “I was also searching for Aanand Rai. I want my films to contribute to a certain thought process. Then you learn with time that you don’t have to prove a point to anybody. The director is happy that he did not consider the advice. (I thought) I was there to prove a point. “My initial attempts were purely ‘Will I be accepted as a director?’ May be that’s why I failed. “A big producer told me if I change the storyline a bit and make Manu a little macho, he can get me a bigger star. He made his directional debut with “Strangers” in 2007 and followed it up with “Thodi Life Thoda Magic” the next year but both the films failed at the box office. “But there was a little bit of confidence in my story and myself. I thought if I change Manu, then the story won’t be the one which I want to narrate. Talk it out, what is the big deal!” Rai added. 2018-02-24T11:10:06+00:00″>
Published: February 24, 2018 11:10 am

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The 46-year-old director turned producer with “Tanu Weds Manu” under the banner ‘Colour Yellow Productions’ which has backed movies like “Nil Battey Sannata”, “Happy Bhag Jayegi”. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App My story was asking for the right cast and luckily that paid off,” he added. I can show that only through films. As a maker you have to tell a story,” he said. If I can take the bedroom talks between two generations or a husband and wife and bring it to the drawing room, it’s great. In retrospect, his previous two attempts at direction don’t have an ‘Aanand L Rai feel’ to them and the director says that is because even he was searching for his voice back then. Directed by R S Prasanna, the movie featured Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles and chronicled the story of a man suffering from erectile dysfunction. The film will have its TV premiere on &Pictures on February 24. He is elated with how his last production “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” was received by the audience. If it is not that story, I will be doing the same mistake. “As a family man of the Indian society, I felt it was the right time to change the gear and understand how a middle-class family is changing. I said, ‘But that’s not the story I am looking at!’ After those two failures behind me, it was a great temptation to get a bigger star,” Rai told PTI.