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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Interview: “When I watched the original film, I couldn’t better or reinterpret it”

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who is best known for films like Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is all set for his forthcoming Bollywood film Fanney Khan. The film stars actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkumarr Rao in lead roles with debutant Pihu Sand. Directed by Atul Manjrekar, Fanney Khan is scheduled to release on August 3.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra speaks to us.

Fanney Khan takes on the subject of Body Shaming. When we asked Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on his views on Body Shaming, Rakeysh said, “The film is an official adaptation of a Belgian film Everybody’s Famous. I saw the film around 10 years ago and loved the theme of the film. When I watched the film, I felt that women are constantly judged in our country. We have defined beauty in a certain way wherein a woman cannot be overweight or of dark complexion. When I researched on the internet, I found that close 92% of women around the world are subject to body shaming. So, I felt it was a poignant subject. As a production house, we feel strongly towards social issues along with entertainment factor.”

It is a known fact Rakeysh is one of the finest directors in Bollywood. When we questioned Rakeysh as to why did he not direct the film, Rakeysh said, “I loved the original film and chased it for around three to five years. In fact, it took a long time to convince Atul Manjrekar to direct the film. Honestly speaking, I couldn’t reinterpret or better the original film in my own way. Post watching the film with me, Atul presented a scene the following day which I loved. So, I thought he would be the right person to direct the film. Direction takes a lot of effort, pain and hard work and I have worn that directors hat several times recently. So, I decided to be on a bit lighter side by producing the film.”

On questioning whether he is happy with the way the film has shaped up, Rakeysh said. “I think perfection is a myth. If everything is perfect, then there won’t be any perfection. I am extremely satisfied with Atul Manjrekar’s work and his interpretation. In fact, I wasn’t present on the sets of the film throughout the shooting schedule. I just went on the first day of the shoot to give the clap and on the last day with the cake. Creative director Bharathi took good care of everything.”

Post Fanney Khan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will be helming his next project titled Mere Pyaare Prime Minister

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