While fans would love a third Tanu-Manu film, director Aanand L. Rai’s next film is likely to star his Raanjhanaa hero, Dhanush. “I am still promoting Tanu Weds Manu Returns. On Tuesday, I was in Ahmedabad. I am completely blank about where Tanu and Manu’s marriage will go from here,” said Aanand.
While this is his third consecutive box office hit, success sits lightly on Rai’s shoulders. “I made the film that I wanted to make,” he says, of TWMR. “The rest is a bonus. I am happy that after Tanu Weds Manu and Raanjhanaa, TWMR has also worked at the box office. It gives me the freedom to make more movies the way I want to,” said Aanand.
Some critics have commented on Kangana Ranaut’s double role in the film and the improbability of a man falling in love with his wife’s lookalike. But Rai doesn’t see TWMR as a film about an extra-marital affair. Says the director, “It is a story of three people in an emotional tangle. But it isn’t a love triangle. It is about a couple rediscovering love in their marriage.”
Aanand admits that the unconventional theme was not easy to execute. “I could’ve gone wrong,” he said. “But my writer, Himanshu Sharma, and my actors were with me. Without them, it couldn’t have worked.”