Producer Aanand L. Rai has praised the working style of Mukkabaaz filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.
“I really enjoy making films. I have only one condition when it comes to making films, to make them with people with whom my wavelengths matches,” Rai said. “I wanted to work with Anurag, and when he told me this story, I thought there won’t be a better opportunity than this one.”
Rai was speaking at a press conference for Mukkabaaz, his first venture with Kashyap, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
“The love story is amazing with sports and politics in the backdrop. I don’t think anybody has spoken about it in such a realistic manner. The way Anurag makes films aggressively is always amazing and I think that is really important to me as a producer,” Rai added.
Mukkabaaz features Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kishan and Jimmy Shergill. Releasing on January 11 in the UAE, the film is directed by Kashyap and produced by Rai.
Rai is directing Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.
“It is an important film for me. See, with each film, you ask for some change and growth within yourself. After Tanu Weds Manu Returns, I was asking for some growth within myself and I thought I should tell this story,” he said.
“It has been a long process to write this story, taking it on the floors and now releasing it,” said Rai.
The title and teaser of the movie were launched on New Year’s day.
“This film is taking longer than a normal story. So it became important for us to share the title and glimpse of the film with the audience. New Year was starting and we thought of releasing the teaser and now we have a year to complete our film,” he said.
Rai was asked if there is a reason behind using the song Affoo Khudaya in the teaser.
He said: “I don’t want to talk about it here and just end it. There is a very interesting back story as to why we did it and I will give you more time very soon to talk and discuss it.”
Asked to comment on rumours about a sequel to Raanjhanaa, Rai said: “I don’t understand why people are asking for Raanjhanaa part two. I don’t think every picture that people like should have a part two. Making a sequel is never the intention of making a movie.”
“A film will be made if you have a story. And as far as the sequel of Raanjhanaa is concerned, the film was a complete story. Which I’ve already expressed and there will be no part two of the film. But I think Anurag Kashyap might have a Mukkabaaz part two.”