The director Aanand L Rai of ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ fame has signed the Tamil Superstar Dhanush, who rose to fame thanks to his ‘Kolaveri Di’ song, as the main lead in his upcoming movie ‘Raanjhnaa’.
“For the past six months, I've been looking for a simple boy to play the lead in 'Raanjhnaa'. My requirement was a man who could look vulnerable on screen. When I saw Dhanush in the Tamil film 'Aadukalam' (for which Dhanush won the National award), I liked him immediately. He looks very ordinary and honest, and that was the demand of the character,” said the director to a daily.
“The film is an intense love story. Just like my film 'Tanu Weds Manu', the film and its characters will take you to Delhi, Punjab, Chennai, etc,” he added.
Dhanush confirmed that he would be making his Bollywood debut with ‘Raanjhnaa’. He also said that the main reason he accepted the project was the passion Anand L Rai had for the script.
“The passion Aanand had for the script and his reasons why only I could do this film convinced me. I liked the fact that he wanted me in the film even before Kolaveri Di happened. It's a big deal to get a launch like this at the beginning of my career here. Aanand's script is different from regular cinema; it's one of those 'made to make a difference' kind of films,” said Dhanush.
Dhanush doesn’t speak Hindi, wouldn’t that pose a problem?
“The problem is not language. It's culture. I will learn the culture and the language will come automatically,” he said.
Dhanush also said that he visited Banaras for the first time and he left ashamed to have never been there before.
“I felt ashamed when I went there with Aanand for the first time. I didn't know anything about it, and it's in my country! I didn't understand the language, the culture...but I was fascinated by its beauty and divinity. I'm planning to hire a coach and have also bought a book to learn Hindi. I am sure by the time the shoot gets over, I will communicate fluently in it,” he concluded.