Ev­ery film is like a chap­ter, says Aanand L Rai

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In the decade since he made his Bol­ly­wood de­but with Strangers (2007), film-maker Aanand L Rai has wit­nessed an equal num­ber of ups and downs. How­ever, the film­maker, who has been a part of over half-a-dozen movies as a di­rec­tor or a pro­ducer, feels that it’s all part of life.

“You have to learn equally from your fail­ures and suc­cesses,” he says, adding, “One should al­ways keep in mind that these things are just like chap­ters in your life. I feel, ev­ery film is also like a chap­ter, since it surely teaches you some­thing — no mat­ter if the film be­comes suc­cess­ful or not.”

Rai, who has box-of­fice hits such as the Tanu Weds Manu films and Raan­jhanaa (2013) to his credit, says the idea should be to “not get both­ered by suc­cess and start chang­ing things around you”. He says, “Don’t get af­fected and keep learn­ing, be­cause if you get af­fected by suc­cess, you will feel to­tally out of place when you don’t get it.”

Rai is con­sid­ered one of the most calm and sought af­ter film-mak­ers in the Hindi film in­dus­try right now. What’s his mantra? “You have to re­alise that there are peo­ple who want to work with you and then there are a lot of peo­ple whom you want to work with. So, the num­ber of peo­ple on either side keeps chang­ing. But the only thing that re­mains con­stant that one has to un­der­stand is that you have to learn with ev­ery film,” says the Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han pro­ducer.

Rai is cur­rently busy work­ing on his next project, star­ring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, which will be re­leased around Christ­mas 2018.

Aanand L Rai

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