Varanasi is a favourite city to shoot films for Aanand.
Ayushmann Khurrana is currently shooting for a same-sex love story Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and accompanying him is his producer Aanand L Rai. Speaking from Varanasi, Aanand says, “I am here as a responsible producer. We are making a film where we hope would bring a taboo subject out of the closet. I need to make sure we get it right. I have always been a responsible filmmaker. I am stationed in Varanasi along with the rest of the crew.”
Varanasi is a favourite city to shoot films for Aanand. He earlier shot Raanjhana in the holy city. This time considering the sensitivity of the subject, the filmmaker is maintaining a tight vigil over the proceedings.
“The entire cast and crew have been asked to be discreet. No one is allowed to discuss the film on any public domain. They maintain they are shooting a love story,” says a source close to the project.
Like Luca Guadagnini’s Call Me By Your Name, Chirantan Das’ Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan will treat the same-sex love story like any heterosexual love story. “The idea is to forget the gender of the lovers and focus on their love,” says Aanand Rai who has produced films such as Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Manmarziyan and Tumbbad.