Actress Rani Mukherjee, who has teamed up with Anurag Kashyap for his home production Aiyyaa, says she was not interested in doing a dark film with the director and wanted a happy, quirky movie.
Produced by Kashyap and Viacom 18, Aiyyaa also stars south actor Prithviraj Sukumaran. "When Anurag came to me I told him that I can't do the kind of movies that he makes and that I don't want to do dark films. I told Anurag I want to do a happy film. I was surprised when Anurag told me he is offering me a happy film,"Rani told reporters here at the first look unveiling of Aiyyaa.
"This film is mad... funny, quirky, whacky," she said. For the first look of the film, Rani was dressed up like her character, adorning a yellow-green 'navvari' sari. Rani revealed that in real life Anurag is an entertaining person, unlike the kind of movies he makes.
"I wanted to do something different with him. I have known his his quirky side. As I had done dark films like No One Killed Jessica and to-be-released 'Talaash', I wanted to do something different, hence chose this movie," Rani said.
In the film Rani plays the role of a Marathi girl falling in love with a Malayali boy played by Prithviraj. "My character Meenakshi Deshmukh is very filmy. She is a huge fan of Sridevi, Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit. She dreams about them and goes in fantasy world all the time," she said.
For the Marathi film, Rani wanted to get her dialect and pronunciation right and worked towards it."My director Sachin Kundalkar wanted Marathi flavour. So right from the costumes to dialogues, dialect to pronunciation, everything is set right. He helped me with the Marathi dialect as I wanted to get it right," she said.
Aiyyaa is Prithviraj's debut in Bollywood, and Rani is all praises for the south actor. "Prithvi is awesome. He is a wonderful person. He is really handsome and lovely to work with. Now I know why he is such a huge star. He is a very special actor," Rani said.
The film is slated for release on October 12.