Press Trust of India
June 25, 2013 13:44 IST
Anurag Kashyap says it is a challenge to draw the audience's attention to festival films
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap feels that
audience and exhibitors in India believe that the films going
to festivals are boring.
"In India, there is a psychological problem that movies
going to film festivals are boring. It is a problem with
exhibitors. Even I had a problem (releasing movies)... Every
filmmaker has his own struggle. We are finding solutions on
our own. Everyone has to work towards it," Anurag told
reporters here yesterday at an event.
The director's Murabba was part of Bombay Talkies,
an anthology of four short films screened at the Cannes
festival this year, as tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema.
Anurag feels these kind of films encourage those backing
"It gives encouragement to distributors and exhibitors
with a film like Bombay Talkies," he said.
Now, Anurag has co-produced five short films titled
Shorts with Viacom 18 and they have been released on You
"In this case, we had the material and we released it
online. But this is our first effort to put it out this way,"
"The screens are increasing and the duration of films is
lessening. I guess short films have a bright future... The
advantage is budget...At least good films are releasing," he
Meanwhile, Anurag seems quite excited about his next
directorial venture Bombay Velvet. Karan Johar will be seen
playing a villain in the period-drama.
"We will start shooting next month. Karan has already
lost ten kilos. He is on a spree of losing more," he said.
The film is set against the backdrop of love, greed,
violence and Jazz...it tells the story of how Bombay became
a metropolis. Historian Gyan Prakash's book 'Mumbai Fables'
forms the basis of the movie.
Ranbir and Anushka Sharma play lovers whose lives
intermingle with the evolution of Bombay, through the 50s to