I don’t want to be credited for making challenging films: Aanand L Rai

  • Shivani Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2015 16:42 IST

While filmmaker

Aanand L Rai’s

recent release,

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

, is getting rave reviews and a great response at the box office, many think that the ending could have been different. The story shows protagonist Manu Sharma (essayed by actor

R Madhavan

) choose his wife Tanu over his love interest Datto (both played by actor

Kangana Ranaut


We chatted about it with Rai when he visited the HT City office recently, and the filmmaker had no qualms admitting that marriage will always win in the end for him.

"People thought it is a cliché. But what is a cliché? Something that has been accepted is a cliché. I wanted the institution of marriage to win. I wanted to create a triangle without a triangle," he said.

But then, what’s different about his film? "I don’t want to be credited for trying something new or challenging in my films. I wanted to reach the hearts of the people and bring a smile to their faces. Cinema is not going to change because of me," said Rai.

Tell him that it’s being predicted that the film will bag awards, and he says: "The response we are getting (from viewers) means much more than any award. If I get an award, I’m fine with it, if not, that’s okay too."

Kangana has been praised for bringing such a contrast to her double role that many thought that Datto’s character has been played by someone else. And guess what, even Kangy got confused!

"While making the movie, whenever I’d praise Datto, Kangana used to feel insecure. She’d be like, ‘Why are you always talking about Datto? Tanu is your heroine’. I had to tell her, ‘You’re Datto’," Rai laughed.

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