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Could've easily made Ranjhana into TWM2: Anand Rai

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Posted: 25 June 2013 at 12:07am | IP Logged
"I could have easily made Raanjhanaa as Tanu Weds Manu 2" - Aanand L Rai
By Joginder Tuteja, Jun 25, 2013 - 10:47 IST

Raanjhanaa is a success story and Aanand L Rai is no more a 'stranger' to Bollywood. After making a quiet start in the industry with a rather well made but poorly marketed, promoted and released Strangers (which I remember watching alone in a multiplex on the first day), Aanand could have well gone back to the world of TV. However he hung on, and for a rather long time, before recognition came knocking his doors with Tanu Weds Manu. It was 'Saddi Gali' that pulled in the audiences and rest was taken care of by the trio of Aanand, Madhavan and Kangna as the film started talking for itself.

"There was temptation to make Tanu Weds Manu 2 next. Just about everyone that I met had something or the else in mind for me to begin the sequel. I too had the film in my radar. However I did wonder that whether it was a story that I wanted to tell or get into the trap of making a sequel and establish my position further by playing safe," wonders Aanand who took his time before bringing his next on floors. 

Though there were offers galore, Aanand refrained from signing films with various corporate houses that have been showing keen interest in him during the couple of years gone by. 

"My conversations with Krishika (Lulla) made me all the more certain though that I wanted to bring on a new tale on screen instead of just going with the motion. Here was a producer who was willing to collaborate on something that broke quite a few rules and formulas. Setting it up on a big scale was never taken as a challenge either and I had everything that I wanted," remembers Aanand, "Just like Tanu Weds Manu, we were travelling the North belt of the country again. The scale got much bigger though as the film required that." 

This means an extended shooting schedule in New Delhi, courtesy a strong political backdrop which even came on the forefront at many instances. Of course this also resulted in reactions coming in from those within as well as outside the industry. Fortunately for all involved though, these reactions of initial shock only ended up aiding the film further instead of pulling it down, a risk that paid off for Aanand and Krishika.

"If I wanted, I could have easily made Raanjhanaa as Tanu Weds Manu 2," Aanand ponders, "Think of it, if only I would have named Sonam and Dhanush as Tanu and Manu, extended the feel, ambience and mood as seen in the first half of the film by 30 more minutes, kept it all fun and frolic and kept aside the entire political angle, it would have been an easy walk in the park. After all, I had explored that space already." 

He goes on to add, "Even the audience wouldn't have complained; they would have got the product they were looking for. The familiarity factor would all have been there. Those who had invested in the film would have been all the more comfortable with the idea of making profits. I too would have further consolidated my position further. Sab theek hi hota; win-win situation thi. Par phhir uske baad kya? I would have been tempted to make Tanu Weds Manu 3. And before I knew, I would have been slotted; that too due to my own choice. I didn't want that. Glad I made Raanjhanaa instead."

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Posted: 25 June 2013 at 1:34am | IP Logged
From VI's review this movie did sound a lot like TWM.
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Posted: 25 June 2013 at 11:34am | IP Logged
Is it? I didn't read VI's review on purpose lol.

But I think Raanjhanaa is darker and grimmer than TWM from whatever I gathered.


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Posted: 25 June 2013 at 11:52am | IP Logged
didn see ranjhana n didn like TWM. but used to see his elder bro's tv serials. those were damn good. he was also all set to make his directorial debut, but guess, things didn work out for him. wish he gets to make as amazing movies as his serials.
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Posted: 25 June 2013 at 12:03pm | IP Logged
Nice interview...I see what he means by Raanjhaana being a TWM2 if the film hadn't shifted tone in the second half...the second half is very hard-hitting and grim...the movie starts off all fun but by the end there is that shift in tone that genuinely leaves you gutted by the end...anyways I think Raanjhanaa was a MUCH better movie than TWM...

Raanjhanaa had a message about the class divides put forth in a very realistic manner without being preachy...while TWM mein I couldn't make head or tail of Kangana's character...despite Madhavan being so adorable...only the music of that movie is worth remembering.

Raanjhanaa has a better script and stronger acting performances.

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