Aanand L. Rai rides high on the success of Atrangi Re. The film has received praise from all sides and especially the main duo, Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan have been praised for their achievements.
While the unusual casting made everyone guess when the film came out, the audience was in on the choices. Even Dhanush had expressed that he was not sure if Sara could play a mature character like Rinku, but she certainly passed the test of time and surprised everyone with her portrayal.
When he talked about why he chose Sara, and when he realized she was suitable for the role, director Aanand L Rai spoke to Filmfare and said, “The day I met Sara, I knew she was the one. We knew , that it was a very difficult casting because we needed an actress who is very young with the natural innocence. But at the same time she should have the restlessness and then understand the complexity of the character. This is very rare to get in one actor. “innocence and still have the maturity to understand the character. Sara comes with all this. She has a childlike quality and yet has a lot of maturity for her age.”
He further talked about the complexity of the character and how it will always be difficult to tell a story about mental health. He added that audiences need to understand the intention and truth with which the filmmaker tells a story, and only then will sensitive topics like this be able to be covered in cinema.