After casting Rahul Bose in his first two films, Dev Benegal has opted for yet another unconventional actor-Abhay Deol this time around. Commenting on his choice of actors, Dev says, "I was looking for somebody who was young and embodies the character of Vishnu. I didn't really have anybody in mind while writing the film. I happened to meet Abhay at a dinner in New York and the minute I met him it was like one of those 'Aaahaa' moments. I knew I had found my guy. He's extremely talented, has a tremendous on-screen presence and we got along really well. As for Tanishtha, I have known her for a while right from the time when she was part of a girl band called Teer. She maybe new in Bollywood but is a big star in international cinema and was perfect for the part. I have been wanting to work with Satish Kaushik since the last 20 years ever since I met him on the sets of Mandi where I was an assistant director. When I finished writing the script I immediately called him up from New York and told him that I would love to have him in the film. He read the script and agreed to be a part of Road, Movie."
After having made the rounds of various film festivals at Toronto, Doha, Tokyo and Berlin, the film finally opens in India this Friday and Dev is obviously excited to gauge the Indian audiences' response to the film. "We've got tremendous response wherever we have shown the film be it Toronto, Doha, Tokyo or Berlin. After the Toronto premiere all our actors were mobbed by eager fans and there was this whole street full of ladies who were screaming Abhay's name. The incredible part is that here is a film which is entirely in Hindi (there is not a word of English in it) and yet found a connect with people from different parts of the world. It reiterates the fact that if we make stories from the heart, audiences will discover them."
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