Director-producer Aanand L. Rai, who is all set to start shooting for his next directorial venture starring actor Shahrukh Khan, said that he did not cast Shahrukh Khan because of his stardom but for the demand of the role.
Rai, who visited 10th NFDC Film Bazaar here in Goa, said, "I always cast an actor based on the demand of the character. Casting Shahrukh Khan is the demand of the role exactly the way it applied on Dhanush to play Kundan in 'Raanjhnaa' or Kangana Ranaut to play Tanu. It was never about making a film with a superstar."
Asked about Shahrukh Khan's character, Rai said, "All I can promise my audience is that it's a well-crafted story and after watching the film they will understand why Shahrukh was apt to play the role. As a director I always want my actor to discover something within, and I know it will happen to him as well."
Known for his successful films like Tanu Weds Manu, Raanjhnaa, Tanu Weds Manu: Returns, director-producer Aanand L. Rai believes filmmakers should break the stereotype in films through their narration and that he communicates to his audience through films.
"We have to break the stereotype through narration. There were no urban and rural films earlier, it is the filmmakers who portrayed small town and some character in a stereotypical way," said Rai who was present here at the 10th NFDC Film Bazaar Knowledge session.
"I cannot remember when in 60's-70's, directors like Bimal Roy or Hrishikesh Mukherjee who made films like Bandini, Sujata, Chupke Chupke or Raj Kapoor came up with Jagte Rahoa, Shree 420... audience created any such difference," said Mr Rai.