‘We can’t underestimate the audience’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 13 January 2019

“I always wanted to work with Tabu because she is a phenomenal actor. I wanted her badly in the film.  When I narrated the story, she just laughed, which meant she enjoyed it,” said Raghavan.

PUNE: The second day of the 17th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) witnessed the audience cheering and giving a standing ovation to the team of Bollywood film Andhadhun, comprising director Sriram Raghavan, actress Tabu, scriptwriter Pooja Ladha Surti and sound designer Madhu Apsara. They discussed the inspiration behind the film and how the characters were developed in the script. Also, present were Prof Samar Nakhate, former Dean of Film & Television Institute of India and Jabbar Patel, Chairman and Director of PIFF. 

Andhadhun, starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte, had received good reviews and achieved success at the box office. Raghavan revealed that Ayushmann, who plays a blind musician in the film, was the last to be cast. 

“I always wanted to work with Tabu because she is a phenomenal actor. I wanted her badly in the film.  When I narrated the story, she just laughed, which meant she enjoyed it,” said Raghavan. 

Tabu revealed that she had not done a thriller earlier and this was a challenging role. On being asked, which are some of the films and actresses she idolises, the 47-year-old actress said she liked films like Mother India, Mughal- E- Azam, Bandini, Sujata, Charulata and admired actresses like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nargis and so on.  

Patel highlighted that Andhadhun was a movie that has an open ending and is non-linear in the way it unfolds and the audience is clueless about what is going to happen the next moment. He asked Raghavan if Indian audience is actually ready for a thriller like this where they have to guess and interpret what is happening. 

Raghavan answered, “We can’t underestimate the audience because they have become very smart these days and they like to use their brains while watching a thriller like this. Gone are the days when we, as filmmakers, needed to spoon feed them and it is a big challenge for us.”

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