February 18, 2011 04:22:39 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Madhavan is amused by the Bollywood diktat as per which young NRIs are labeled as a Raj or a Rahul in every second film, especially if it belongs to romantic genre. He could well be referring to Shahrukh Khan who has made a career out of playing Raj and Rahul. Now even though Maddy plays an NRI in his latest film TANU WEDS MANU, he has chosen to stay away from the cliches of a typical Bollywood NRI and instead kept it all real and subtle yet intense.
'All this while we have been seeing stories where the moment an NRI youngster steps back in India, he projects that cool 'Yoman' persona. Now that doesn't really happen in real life. There could be an instance or two but really, every NRI who sets his feet in India isn't a Raj or a Rahul', says R.Madhavan who is paired opposite Kangana Ranaut in TANU WEDS MANU.
'It is actually very tricky if one goes into the heartland of our country', continues Maddy who came across various funny anecdotes during the making of the film, 'I have seen that those Indians who live abroad are actually more attached to the culture, rituals and traditions than the ones who have been living here for decades.'
Extending his observation, Madhavan adds, 'Those who go away feel that by sticking on to traditions, they would keep that 'Indian-ness' in them intact. On the other hand people in India tend to change themselves in order to be abreast with the moving times. So when these NRIs return to India after 8-9 years, they get amused with the fact that while they had held on to the traditions, core Indians have actually moved on.'
Also starring Deepak Dobriyal and Eijaz Khan, TANU WEDS MANU has music by Krsna and releases all over on 25th February.