Filmmaker Aanand L Rai worked with Akshay Kumar for the first time in Atrangi Re (2021), which also starred Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush. The next film for which the director and actor came together was Raksha Bandhan (2022). Rai and Akshay have also become close friends in recent years.EXCLUSIVE: Aanand L Rai on working with Akshay Kumar again, “We are doing a lot of stories together”
In an exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama, Aanand L Rai revealed how his friendship developed with Akshay. “It’s always the story that introduces an actor and a director with each other,” he said. “So, it all started with a story. After that, I feel, two middle-class guys bonded with each other. Maybe that is one reason. I always say that I have been able to understand the Raju inside Akshay Kumar and maybe he understood the Anu inside me. Hum log kitni kahaniyaan saath kar rahen hain (We are doing a lot of stories together). In your lifespan if you find people who understand you and you understand them, then it goes beyond stories and films. So, it feels good that you have your people around you.”
When asked whether the two of them would join hands for the third time, Rai said, “I am working on stories. The day I would be fully sure that this story will be good for Akshay Kumar, and he will enjoy working on it and I will be able to give something interesting to him then we will do. It can happen in six months, one year or one month.”
Currently, Aanand L Rai is enjoying the success of his Marathi production Jhimma 2, which is also produced by Jio Studios and Chalchitra Mandalee.
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