"I am actually expecting National Award for Shah Rukh for his work in the film. Let's hope he gets it. It feels great seeing the response Shah Rukh is getting for his performance. It is satisfying." Maneesh told PTI.
"Shah Rukh is the happiest with the kind of response he is getting for his performance and the whole team is very happy as we think we have done something little alternate and getting appreciation for that is always way more assuring for any director, actor or producer."
The makeup and VFX in the film were first-time used in Bollywood and the team dared to illustrate the same on the celluloid. Maneesh is satisfied doing something out-of-the-box with an actor who is known to do the same.
"I am very satisfied in the sense that it was an alternate stuff for a Shah Rukh Khan-film and we all knew we were going for something little out of the box in terms of what is expected out of YRF-SRK combination. Cinematically, we have done something which we are very proud of whether in terms of story-telling like not having song, dance, heroine or fulfilling any commercial expectation, which is what people associate with Shah Rukh and Yash Raj. In that sense whatever response that we are getting and the benchmark that we have set with VFX that has been very satisfying."
"Honestly, every time you make a film it is a risk. Filmmaking is a risky thing. Making Fan did not weigh me down in terms of having Shah Rukh Khan on board… Any film comes with that amount of risk. Dum Laga Ke Haisha comes with that amount of risk as you are making it with newcomers, at a certain scale, milieu… You don't know whether it will work. You just go with your conviction and hope for the best."
"It is the most highly revered and respectable award we have. It feels like once in a lifetime opportunity right now and it also feels good that it has happened so early in all our careers. Hopefully, it will motivate us to come back again."