I was was advised to make the character of Manu with bigger star: Rai

Vastavam web: After two failures, his turnaround as a filmmaker happened with “Tanu Weds Manu” but Aanand L Rai was initially told to rope in a bigger star to grab more eyeballs.He made his directional debut with “Strangers” in 2007 and followed it up with “Thodi Life Thoda Magic” the next year but both the films failed at the box office.”A big producer told me if I change the storyline a bit and make Manu a little macho, he can get me a bigger star. I said, ‘But that’s not the story I am looking at!’ After those two failures behind me, it was a great temptation to get a bigger star,” Rai told .

The 2011 romantic comedy not only changed Kangana’s career and cemented Madhavan’s position in Bollywood but it also helped Rai’s become a popular director in Bollywood.In retrospect, his previous two attempts at direction don’t have an ‘Aanand L Rai feel’ to them and the director says that is because even he was searching for his voice back then.”I was also searching for Aanand Rai. (I thought) I was there to prove a point. Then you learn with time that you don’t have to prove a point to anybody. As a maker you have to tell a story,” he said.He is elated with how his last production “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” was received by the audience. The film will have its TV premiere on &Pictures on February 24.

Directed by R S Prasanna, the movie featured Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles and chronicled the story of a man suffering from erectile dysfunction.