Nothing new happening in films today: Rani
“Our industry comes from an era where Shammi Kapoorji, Raj Kapoorji and all of them were icons in terms of looks. I don’t think anything new is happening today. It is all about revisiting of what happened in the past,” Rani told PTI.
“Even this whole thing about trying to say that women oriented films have taken over today, I think it is a myth. What about films like ‘Bandini’, ‘Sujata’ and ‘Mother India’, it has all been happening. It is just that those things are coming back,” the actress said .
“So I don’t feel that there is anything unique happening, but yes in terms of audience changes have taken place,” she said. Rani is happy that today the audience have changed, who are ready to accept ‘good’ films.
“Today people are reacting to different genre of films, reacting to good films regardless of what they are,” she added. Rani’s last film was ‘No One Killed Jessica’ in January 2011 and now ‘Aiyyaa’ releases this Friday.
“Everybody goes through a phase in their career where they decide that every film that is offered to you, you can’t do it. You have to choose; especially I like to choose the best out of the lot,” she said.
“There are certain criteria on which I choose a film. I don’t categorise films as women or men-centric or author backed roles. I don’t choose films with some agenda. If I like the script I will accept it. The film should be something that the audience like as I don’t want to disappoint them,” she added.
Produced jointly by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ‘Aiyyaa’ marks the Bollywood debut of Marathi director Sachin Kundalkar. South actor Prithviraj Sukumaran plays the lead opposite Rani. The song ‘Dreamum Wakeupm’ and the promos of ‘Aiyyaa’ give a feel of south Indian touch.
“All this was very easy. As an actor there should be nothing that should be difficult for me. It is my job to act and I have to be really good at it. There should be nothing that should be awkward for me to do the film,” Rani said.
“In this film, there is a beautiful love story between a Maharashtrian girl and a south Indian man. The song ‘Dreamum Wakeupm’ is a tribute to all the south Indian songs and dances that we all have been fans of, because they are high on energy and are mind pulsating,” she said.