Wanted to celebrate pain and love with 'Raanjhanaa': Director

Mumbai, PTI | Updated : 11 June 2013, 01:11 PM

After making an impressive debut with 'Tanu Weds Manu', director Anand L Rai is once again celebrating the joy and pain that come with falling in love through his upcoming romantic film 'Raanjhanaa'.

The trailer of the film shows a love triangle between Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol. Oscar-award winner AR Rahman has given music in the movie which is set in Varanasi and Delhi.

'Raanjhanaa' will release on June 21. "I have a feeling that somewhere people have lost faith in love. People speak about it today but imagine it to be true only in fairy tales. I feel sad to see this, as love is an integral part of our life. I feel people don't want to go through the heartbreak.

So, somewhere I wanted to celebrate this pain and love," Rai told in an interview. South star Dhanush, who shot to fame with the song 'Kolaveri Di' in Bollywood, plays a Hindu Banarasi boy who falls in love with Sonam, a Muslim girl.

Rai cast Dhanush when 'Kolaveri Di' was a rage but the director did not want to cash in on his singer's image. "I didn't want a singer but an actor. And he is 100 times better as actor than a singer. The aim was not to cash in onhis 'Kolaveri Di' fame but to highlight the actor in him."

From a middle-class Delhi family, Rai left his job as an engineer to pursue dreams of filmmaking. Though he feels it was a risk he took, he has no regrets about it.

"I left everything to pursue my dreams of filmmaking. It was a risk I took at that point since I don't even come from a filmy background but I wanted to take that chance. It is this excitement which keeps me going. I did face challenges but that's what keeps me growing." 

First Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 01:03 PM
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