CELEBRATE BANDRA 2014 Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Directors By Enid Judith D’souza

Day 7: Friday, 28 November Venue: St Paul’s Institute of Communication EducationTipping point Anurag Kashyap & Sarita Vijayan By Enid Judith D’souza

Fans of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap – the filmmaker who doesn’t follow Bollywood’s golden rule of happy endings in his films – were in for a treat on Friday evening at Celebrate Bandra’s daily film discussion.

Director, writer and producer Kashyap talked candidly about films, his love for cinema as well as his struggles. He also said that he isn’t afraid of failure. Kashyap has a huge fan following, as was evident in the crowd gathered to hear him;the filmmaker also spoke about his constant battle with fans. “The industry has accepted me but my fans ridicule me,” said Kashyap, who believes that after a point, fans put pressure on directors and actors to do only the kind of films they like andlead them to stop experimenting. “If people love one film you make, go out and make a suicidal film.

Your fans will think you’re nuts and leave you alone,” saidthe director who believes that change is the only constant.What he would like, he said,is for his fans to say, “Let’s see what you have done now.”

He also spoke his heart out about his battle with the censor board. “I was fighting my own battle with the censors. I wasn’t fighting for a cause. But soon my fight turned into everybody’s fight,” he said.

As for his rendezvous with film festivals, he said they make him feel “naked” because he feels he doesn’t measure up to the talent on display.However, festivals like Cannes help him find non-diaspora audiences, he added.

In India, he observed, people are afraid of film festivals and documentaries,because they’ve been used to the boring documentaries that used to appear on Doordarshan. However, the Hindi film industry is a healthy one, he noted. “We are the healthiest industry and I take advantage of that health.” Though Kashyap is now a successful producer, he said he didn’t set out to become one. “I became a producer because nobody was making Udaan. I was made a producer.”

Although his fans are disappointed about Bombay Velvet being postponed, he promised that his directorial film Ugly, starring Rahul Bhat, Jayant Gadekar, Abir Goswami, Sandesh Jadhav, Siddhant Kapoor, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Girish Kulkarni, Murari Kumar, Ronit Roy, Anshikaa Shrivastava, Madhavi Singh and Vineet Singh will soon find a release date.

And finally, asked about the rumours that he was going to settle abroad, he turned a little evasive and said that he wants to find more things, just as he found out his love for diving. But declared that he would not stop making Hindi films.


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CELEBRATE BANDRA 2014 Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Directors By Enid Judith D’souza
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