Aanand L Rai On 11 Years Of Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush's Raanjhanaa: Will Cherish It Till End Of My Journey - Exclusive

Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush starrer romantic drama Raanjhanaa clocks 11 years on the horizon of Indian cinema today. On the special occasion, the film's director Aanand L Rai talks about the movie and the value it holds for him.
Aanand L Rai On 11 Years Of Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush's Raanjhanaa: Will Cherish It Till End Of My Journey - Exclusive

Aanand L Rai On 11 Years Of Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush's Raanjhanaa: Will Cherish It Till End Of My Journey - Exclusive

Aanand L Rai’蝉 Raanjhanaa which was released on June 21, 2013, is still very special to the director. “It will be always a special film of my life. The story that took me closer to Lord Shiva. Made me see Kashi, the world full of spiritual strength !”
So did Raanjhanaa throw open a new world for Aanand? “Yes, I can say that Raanjhanaa changed me from the inside as person in many good ways. It’蝉 not a film for me, it’蝉 a life lesson which I will cherish till the end of my journey.”
Columnist Shobhaa De had accused Raanjhanaa of glorifying stalking. How does Aanand respond to this? “I really don’t want to even react to an opinion so absurd and myopic. Has she seen Varanasi, and felt its pulse? Does she know what the city is all about? Does she understand the feelings of the young in the small cities where two people still cannot go out on a date?”
Aanand attributed the stalking interpretation to a narrow worldview. “There’蝉 a life beyond metropolises that some people, who have grown up in the metros, cannot understand. And I don’t see the need to explain myself to them. It’蝉 a different cultural breeding. In a small town, pursuing a girl until she says yes is a sign of true love. How I treat the theme of love is entirely up to me. I won’t discuss how she (Shobhaa De) treats love in her books and columns. For some people, smooching even in public is normal.”
For Aanand’蝉 characters in Raanjhanaa expressing love is difficult. “Even saying 'I love you' is an uphill task. You handle your relationships your way. I’ll treat my relationships the way I want to. Your hero dies, with his one-sided love? He dies a hero. What I love about my hero Kundan (played by Dhanush) is that he dies happily for love. I could’ve brought him back into life but I don’t think Kundan wanted to come back. There had to be a closure to his love. When I visited the Chandan theatre in Mumbai after the film’蝉 opening, the gatekeeper kept asking me, ‘Kundan will come back na? He’蝉 in a coma. He’ll return in the sequel?’ His face fell when I told him Kundan was not in a coma and that there would be no sequel. Nobody wanted Kundan to die but Kundan didn’t want to live. That gatekeeper at Chandan took Kundan home with him. Everyone, except one columnist, seemed to have taken Kundan home.”
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