In an interview to PTI Aanand Rai said, "We have so many girls from down South stepping into Hindi films but filmmakers seem to get cold feet when it comes to actors. Maybe Raanjhana would break the myth that actors from South aren't successful in Hindi films. I have seen Dhanush's work down South, he will take Bollywood by storm."
After the success of Tanu Weds Manu, apparently there was pressure on Aanand to rope in a much more saleable name. But the director said, "I don't understand one thing. When we have no qualms picking up films from down South for remaking them in Bollywood, why not do the same with heroes as well?"
Set in Varanasi, Raanjhana is a love story of a middle class boy and girl. Known for capturing the authenticity of various small towns and cities in Tanu Weds Manu, Aanand is expected to bring similar flavour in his new film as well. "This is also going to be a close-to-soil film. Dhanush is going to melt everyone's heart in the role of this loveable guy from Varanasi. The female character too would have a mind of her own despite hailing from a small town. She is street-smart and not a pushover. Beyond that it would be futile to talk since it is too early," said Aanand.