Anurag Kashyap urges Bollywood to get rid of mediocrity
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has steered hard-hitting films like “Black Friday” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”, feels that the Hindi film industry needs to pull up its socks as regional cinema is “threatening” the industry and even Hollywood may “take over” the national market with its dubbed version of films. Being threatened from everywhere because Bollywood is more mediocre as compared to every other film industry, the mediocrity should be cut off to make better films.
Anurag Kashyap says even the slightest of alteration by the Censor Board for any film is no less than killing the creativity of the movie. Mr Kashyap’s troubles with the censor are well-known.
‘Udta Punjab’ has failed to get censor board’s approval due to expletives and drug use. The film has gone to the revising committee of the board like any other movie. The DevD director had previously said that he would not be satisfied “even with a single” cut for ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’.
Kashyap also believes that unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is a star-driven market.
Kashyap said his journey in the industry has been “quite a roller coaster ride”. And of late, he has become “very selfish”. Being 43, he wants to live his life focusing on his work and family. And his entire happiness encircles his focal points, though his last movie “Bombay Velvet” did not bag the box office as expected. Anurag Kashyap says the burden of the failure of his dream movie “Bombay Velvet” will always haunt him.
For him money is the biggest nightmare and after the debacle of “Bombay Velvet” he has learnt his lesson and will not venture into making such a big-budget movie ever again.
For Kashyap, his journey in the industry has been “quite a roller coaster ride”.
Kashyap made his feature film debut with the yet-unreleased film ‘Paanch’ in 1999. In 2007, he directed the critical and commercial failure ‘No Smoking’. ‘Return of Hanuman'(2007), an animated film, was Kashyap’s next directorial venture. In 2009, he directed ‘DevD’, a modern-day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novel Devdas, along with the political drama ‘Gulaal’. Despite positive reviews, the latter was a box-office failure.
If Anurag Kashyap stops making art movies following the loss of Bombay Velvet, Kashyap the director won’t be sorely missed. He’s been missing in action of late but Kashyap the producer will surely be missed.
Kashyap’s focus as a Director seems to have shifted from telling stories, to caring more about being stylized and the illusion of “realism”. The one exception was his tryst with the short film format in ‘Bombay Talkies’.
Someone needs to be the “Jack of all trade” in Bollywood, and Kashyap can play the role of a Classicist and an Experimentalist in modern film industry.