Siddharth Anand’s forthcoming film,Anjaana Anjaani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra has been inspired by the award-winning American sitcom Friends.
Anand says that he remembers wanting to meet and know every character when he watched the world’s favourite group of friends hanging out at the coffee shop in the hit sitcom. He says that when Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge came out, everyone wanted to “feel and touch Raj and Simran” and he hopes that audiences will feel the same about Ranbir and Priyanka in Anjaana Anjaani.
The film has been scripted by author Advaita Kala who wrote a chick-lit novel, Almost Single. Anand asked her to develop a story that was written by his wife, Mamta.
Speaking about Ranbir and Priyanka’s characters, Anand says that they go through “extraordinary, not easily relatable circumstances and the story is about a few days that two strangers spend together.”
He adds that the film is character-driven and “if their performances don’t work, the film doesn’t.”
“If audiences believe in the couple, they’ll come back repeatedly to watch them. If they don’t, they’ll reject them completely,” he adds.
The film was shot in New York and even had Central Park’s skating rink shut down for their three-day shoot. A few scenes between Ranbir and Priyanka were also shot in New York’s famous Caf