Anurag Basu is a director who’s proved his worth with films like Barfi and Life In A Metro… Even though his last release Jagga Jasoos might not have performed as expected, the filmmaker still is considered as one of the best in the business. Anurag Basu is currently gearing up for his next release Ludo which stars Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Fatima Sana Sheikh. In an exclusive conversation with Suman Sharma, Anurag opened up about Ludo, his discovery Kangana Ranaut and everything cinema.
Tell us about Ludo?
â¨The film’s shoot is over and it will release in April. Ludo has a very interesting concept and it came to my mind 3-4 years back. It’s a crazy fun ride. It’s a ride just like ludo. There are 4 stories. 4 gotiyan hain apko pata nahi ki kon kisko kab kaategi. All are so interconnected. We had a great time. It has a dark humour, romance and crime. All the tars have done a brilliant job, be it Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek or Aditya. Aditya Roy Kapoor is a big surprise; he surprised the whole unit actually. Abhishek Bachchan is back with a bang. â¨
You were supposed to cast Kangana Ranaut in Imali?
Yes, Rajkummar Rao and Kangana. But then she got busy in Manikarnika and Judgemental Hai Kya… So I started Ludo.
Do you feel proud about launching Kangana Ranaut in Gangster (2006), who’s now a superstar?
I never thought that Kangana will become so huge. She is a very fast learner. She wants to learn, so the hunger was always there from her very first film. She is a very ambitious girl and she knows where she is going. It’s very difficult for an actress to carve a place in this industry. And especially for an outsider. She did it on her own. I have given her hardly two films, iske baad uski apni journey hai.
In today’s generation which actors do you think have the biggest potential?
Ranbir Kapoor. Ranveer Singh always surprises you. I love Rajkummar Rao who I have worked with in Ludo. I love Ayushmann Khurrana. I think the ’70s era is back. Us samay directors ke paas Amol Palekar bhi tha, Vinod Mehra bhi tha, Amitabh Bachchan bhi tha, Rajesh Khana aur Vinod Khanna bhi tha. Alag kism ke log the. After ages, we have got so much variety, actors of all kind. Cinema has changed. New directors, new cinema. I think this change has got delayed 6-7 years.
What do you like doing apart from films?
Cooking, painting, and travelling.