Director-Producer Aanand L Rai feels Abhay Deol is a brilliant actor who should work in more films to exploit his fine acting skills.
“Abhay is a very fine and brilliant actor. I have worked with him in Raanjhanaa and I have liked his work in films like Dev D, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. He is choosy about the film he wants to do. It is his choice when he wants to do a film,” Aanand said.
Despite his immense talent he is lazy, the director says adding that he often tells him that. “He does a film, and then he disappears somewhere and then makes a comeback. I told him to keep working and that the directors need him.” Aanand new film Happy Bhag Jayegi star Abhay and Diana Penty and the film will be released next week.
This is Diana’s first after her debut film Cocktail after taking a long break. However, praising the actress, he said, “Diana had taken a sabbatical from work. She is very hard working and she brought in freshness to the film.”
Even Abhay was last seen in Raanjhanaa which released in 2013, but the 45-year-old Tanu Weds Manu director isn’t worried about his lead actors missing from screen for quite some time. He rather feels the pair of Abhay and Diana is looking fresh. Happy Bhag Jayegi is the story of a girl (Diana Penty) running away before her marriage and how she accidentally lands in Pakistan. Aanand Rai is a producer for the film.
“I loved the humour, the comic element. It’s a cross border light-hearted romantic story without politics attached to it,” he said. Rai gave a free hand to to director Mudassar Aziz to direct the romantic-comedy.
“I gave freedom and space to the director to follow his vision. I was available to him whenever he needed me to give suggestions,” he said.
Produced by Aanand Rai and Krishika Lulla, the film also features Ali Fazal and Momal Sheikh in the lead roles. It will release on August 19. – CINEWS