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Sriram Raghavan: I need someone younger than Saif..

Sriram Raghavan

By HT

Mumbai, Feb. 23 -- After receiving critical acclaim for his recent release, Badlapur, director Sriram Raghavan has already diverted his attention to his next project, an adaptation of author Vikas Swarup's book, The Accidental Apprentice. Here, he talks about his casting preferences for the film, the Censor Board controversy, and more.

What's your take on the new diktat by the Censor Board which says that cuss words won't be allowed in films?

Think about films like Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) that demand certain words because you are talking about a town or characters, where only a certain kind of language is used. How can you bypass reality?

Your next film is based on the book, The Accidental Apprentice. There were rumours that you have asked Deepika Padukone to play the central role.

I have shared the basic story with her. Though I'm yet to finish the script.

You said that you are fond of Saif Ali Khan (they worked on Ek Hasina Thi; 2004, and Agent Vinod; 2012). Are you considering him opposite Deepika?

Saif is a fantastic actor. I want to work with him again, but not in this film. This movie will be a female-oriented subject. And I need someone younger than Saif.

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