Mumbai: Actor R.Madhavan who reprises his role as the lovable Manu in Aanand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns( the sequel of the 2011 blockbuster )while excited to see the audiences’ feedback is also nervous ,hoping to live up to the expectations set by the success of the original blockbuster.
Madhavan said, “When we make a film like TWM Returns, it is important that we don’t think of bettering anything. It’s like a baby being born, all you can hope for is the best. But you can’t decide how the baby is going to look. Similarly with the movie you can’t think of making it better, you only can think of making the best film possible. As far as Tanu Weds Manu Returns is concerned, it’s like an extra sword on our head because the original one was a big hit, it was an underdog which became a big hit, and now the expectations are very high.We are nervous more than anything else, the trailers seem to have created quite a stir, and I am hoping that this gets better than the original one”.
While the anticipation is high, Madhavan still can’t help but be nostalgic about the shoot of the film , especially in small towns like Lucknow – “When we started Tanu Weds Manu, which was six years ago, half the cast of the movie was from Lucknow and Kanpur at that time. But as far as I was concerned, it was a honeymoon! I mean the love of the people and the mohalla we shot in, the love of the people who were actually part of the film was spectacular. For me it is a matter of immense pride to be called Maddy paaji, Maddy bhai jaan, Maddy bhai sa’ab and Maddy anna or Maddy cheta. If I go to Sikkim, they call me Maddy sir, if I go to Kerala, they call me Maddy cheta, which is a great achievement for me. I am happy that I am accepted. I think it has a lot to do with my upbringing, the fact that I am as much a Bihari as a South Indian”.