Press Trust of India
May 20, 2012 17:25 IST
Anurag Kashyap is a happy man
with his three films being screened at the ongoing Cannes film
festival in different sections but the director says his
two-part revenge saga Gangs of Wasseypur almost did not get
made as no one believed in the script initially.
"Gangs of Wasseypur is a film that people did not believe
in. I have been wanting to make this film for quite sometime.
People asked me why I wanted to work on this film and not
something like Dev D which was a success. So it almost did
not get made. I don't understand the concept of re-doing the same
thing. But then Viacom 18 people came forward knowing that it
had no big star cast, it was in two parts and was too long,"
Kashyap, who is already in Cannes, says he is awaiting
the screening of two part Wasseypur and home production
Peddlers with a lot of nervousness.
"We have to deliver first. I have not seen the films so I
will watch them with the audience but I am scared about their
response to the films," says the director, who is keen to take
his films beyond the Indian diaspora.
Kashyap's films have been recognised worldwide for their
unique approach in storytelling, which is often bereft of the
usual Bollywood cliches.
The director says he wants to continue reaching out to
new audiences. "I had a dark period from 2007 to 2009. That
was the time when my biggest support was outside India.
Because I am getting to make movies here I can't abandon them.
For me that market is very important as it kept me alive as a
filmmaker when I had no support here."
"The audience defines your longevity in this business. My
audience is non-diaspora. It was hard for Indians to digest a
film like Yellow Boots, the diaspora is more conservative.
But there is a different audience which is interested in my
films and I want to explore that," said Kashyap.
Wasseypur, Kashyap's most ambitious project till now,
tells the story of revenge set in the world of coal mafia. The
film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Huma Qureshi,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Reema Sen and others.
"Revenge is a very interesting theme but it is important
to use it well. Through revenge we are telling many more
interesting stories. The canvas is bigger in this film because
I am telling the entire story of the mafia's origin."
Kashyap, the man behind films like Black Friday, Dev
D and That Girl In Yellow Boots, says it is his first
commercial film with lots of songs and dance.
"If I get the chance to make a commercial film like
Wasseypur then I want to make commercial films all my life,"
maintains the director who feels that the film has the
potential to change the ways of Bollywood.
"I hope that it brings change. I would want it to happen
someday, this film or any film. Kahaani has changed a lot of
things but I want to fix it further. If this film works, makes
the cost and shows profit, I will be set free. My lifelong
struggle has been that to make a good film, you need a good
story, a good team and good actors.
"You don't need a star. If something like Wasseypur
works, everybody would get a bit more confidence. I feel the
industry has to change. The filmmakers don't often get enough
credit for their work and that should change," said Kashyap.
The two parts of Wasseypur will be screened back to
back at Cannes parallel section Director's Fortnight while his
home production Peddlers, directed by debutante Vasan Bala
will be competing at the Cannes Critics Week.
Kashyap, whose production house is dedicated to encourage
young storytellers, says he does not make it easy for his
"I always tell people to work on their script first.
Vasan is one of the most brilliant boys in our company and he
wanted to experiment in a certain way. If he wants to do that
then he needs to take the harder route. I don't make it easy
for anyone because I don't have money. I have to raise money
for every film."
"Guneet (producer) is always running around to raise
money. I need to believe that here is something I will stand
by till the end. It is important to make it difficult for the
first timers. If it is easier then they take it for granted,"