Director Aanand L Rai says, “Mental illness was not the intention behind the film Atrangi Re”

The movie ‘Atrangi Re’ was criticised for portraying mental health

The filmmaker Aanand L Rai stated, “It is actually only love. When we talk about Rinku… there was a big section of people who were talking about mental illness. It was never that for me. That was not the only thing I was trying to come up with. What I was trying to come up with was that only love can bring you out of a lot of complications…

“We have become very smart and intelligent. We want to analyse everything. These are tough times and we want to give logic to falling in love. It is so unfortunate. The only thing that can defy logic is love.” Director Rai further explained.

‘Atrangi Re’ is based on romantic-musical-drama — written by Rai’s long-time collaborator Himanshu Sharma, featuring Sara Ali Khan and Tamil actor Dhanush. Alongside Akshay Kumar in a special appearance, the film was interpreted as a lopsided and complex love triangle.

‘Atrangi Re’ was streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, on 24th December. It received some critics as some part of the film shows mental health.

The role of Rinku Sooryavanshi was played by Sara Ali Khan, a child born out of an interfaith marriage who lives with the pain of losing her parents at a young age.

Rinku has tried running away from her maternal family home in Bihar, Rinku was forced to marry a Tamil man Vishu (Dhanush) but they plan to part ways once they reach Delhi where she expects to meet her lover called Sajjad (Kumar).

The 50-year-old director explained thatthe sole purpose of the movie was to explore a mad world of “love”.

“We have become very smart and intelligent. We want to analyse everything. These are tough times and we want to give logic to falling in love. It is so unfortunate. The only thing that can defy logic is love.” says Rai in an interview with PTI.

“Rinku was living a life the way she wanted to. From our perspective, she was going through something. But from her perspective, she was beautifully living her own life with her father around. There was no problem for her but it was a problem for us to see her like this,” he added.

When the director was asked about the negative reviews that the film received for mental health his reply was, “I was …deep down was ready for this.”

The director nonetheless, decided that when he narrates a story about mental illness in future he will “deal with it differently.”

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