Didn’t cast Ayushmann Khurrana for ‘AndhaDhun’ till auditioned for it: Sriram Raghavan
In the intriguing story of a blind man’s bluff in Andhadhun, director Sriram Raghavan reveals he was suggested to simplify the much-talked about climax of the film but he decided to follow his vision.
AndhaDhun follows the story of pianist (Ayushmann), who witnesses a murder and gets embroiled in this world that turns out to be murky and unforgiving.
The film ends when a supposedly blind Ayushmann Khurrana kicks a can out of his way with his support stick.
The climax drops a hint that he has got his vision back but the question arises, ‘How did this happen’?
In an interview with PTI, Sriram Raghavan talks about the different theories regarding the climax, the casting of the lead actors and his love for the thriller genre.
“When we were about to release the film, there was a lot of worry from the producers’ end regarding the ending. They were thinking ‘Will this end work?’ or ‘Should we have a proper closure?’
There was a worry that the audience is not evolved enough and they will not understand it. I felt that this film is designed for a certain kind of an ending and if I change it, it will become an ordinary story,” Raghvan told PTI in an interview.
The film, which released on October 5, is inspired from the 2010 French short film L’Accordeur (The Piano Tuner).
He credits filmmaker-writer Hemanth Rao and his team of writers- Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti and Yogesh Chandekar for making this mystery thriller entertaining.
“When we used to discuss the scenes and the writers would react to them as viewers and vice-versa. It was a collective effort,” he added.
The film has amassed over Rs 70 crore at the box office.
“People are discussing different versions of the end, it feels great. I have been hearing the show is running housefull, people are clapping, this sort of audience response is surprising to me. I have never experienced this with my films earlier. I am floored,” the director went on to say.
He asserts he is not measuring the success of the film with the money it has minted at the ticket windows as he believes numbers can be a dangerous game.
“Sometimes you create something and it works. I am happy that this film of mine has been seen by maximum number of people. With ‘Badlapur’ too, I got very good reviews. But there were few people who did not like it or were put off,” Raghavan went on to say.
The critically-acclaimed director had vaguely narrated the idea of AndhaDhun first to Varun Dhawan, whom he directed in 2015 thriller Badlapur.
Raghavan said that Varun had liked the idea of AndhaDhun but he loved Badlapur so much that the two started working on it first.