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Shah Rukh is so strong and vulnerable at the same time: Aanand L. Rai

Aanand L. Rai gears up for his most ambitious film, Zero
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Zero, which releases today

Karishma Upadhyay   |     |   Published 20.12.18, 06:19 PM

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Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.

Tanu Weds Manu was the first film where Aanand L. Rai told the story he wanted to tell, in the way he wanted to tell it. And, he hasn’t looked back since; neither has Bollywood. Aanand reintroduced to Bollywood strong female characters in a small-town setting.

Born to teacher parents, Aanand grew up in a government housing colony in Delhi and saw India on the annual LTA holidays of his parents. He was on track to becoming an engineer when he decided that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him and moved to Mumbai to assist his brother Ravi Rai on television production. His first two films — Strangers and Thodi Life Thoda Magic sank without a trace. It was Tanu Weds Manu, about a mismatched couple, their maddening families and perennially eavesdropping friends, that established Aanand’s voice.

It’s been three years since his last directorial outing and during this period, Aanand as a producer has added a diverse range of films to his filmography. From Mukkabaaz and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the one common thread in the films he’s backed is the distinct and fearless voice of their makers.

Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif, is not only one of the most anticipated films of the year but also Aanand’s most ambitious as a director. t2 sat down with the director in his trailer van at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai to understand what makes him tick, his journey and what he’s discovered about Shah Rukh.



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