Wanted to celebrate pain and love with Raanjhanaa: Anand L Rai



After making an impressive debut with Tanu Weds Manu, director Anand L Rai is once again celebrating the joy and pain that come with falling in love through his upcoming romantic film, Raanjhanaa.

The trailer of the film shows a love triangle between Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol. Oscar-award winner AR Rahman has given music in the movie which is set in Varanasi and Delhi. Raanjhanaa will release on June 21.

"I have a feeling that somewhere people have lost faith in love. People speak about it today but imagine it to be true only in fairy tales. I feel sad to see this, as love is an integral part of our life. I feel people don't want to go through the heartbreak. So, somewhere I wanted to celebrate this pain and love," Rai said.

South star Dhanush, who shot to fame with the song, Kolaveri Di, in Bollywood, plays a Hindu Banarasi boy who falls in love with Sonam, a Muslim girl. Rai cast Dhanush when Kolaveri Di was a rage but the director did not want to cash in on his singer's image. "I didn't want a singer but an actor. And he is 100 times better as actor than a singer. The aim was not to cash in on his Kolaveri Di fame but to highlight the actor in him."

From a middle-class Delhi family, Rai left his job as an engineer to pursue dreams of filmmaking. Though he feels it was a risk he took, he has no regrets about it. "I left everything to pursue my dreams of filmmaking. It was a risk I took at that point since I don't even come from a filmy background but I wanted to take that chance. It is this excitement which keeps me going. I did face challenges but that's what keeps me growing."