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Anurag Kashyap Rips Bollywood's ₹800 Crore Obsession

Thursday, June 6, 2024 • Hindi Comments
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Anurag Kashyap's open views on the changing narrative patterns and the challenges faced by filmmakers are well-known. He talked about the creative issue in the Hindi film industry recently with Humans of Cinema, stressing that the fixation on making between ₹500 and ₹800 crore is strangling originality. Success, he said, frequently destroys more than it creates. I told my friend Nagraj Manjule Marathi cinema was doomed after Sairat made ₹100 crore. Nowadays, everyone would rather make ₹100 crore than tell stories.

"They aim for ₹500 to 800 crore profits, not making quality films," Kashyap said, highlighting the problem inside the Hindi cinema business. Films lose uniqueness, plots are abandoned, and they get dumber in order to do that. Everybody replicates one other and adheres to a formula. Watching five pan-Indian films, they all seem the same. Massive flops result from this not helping the industry's health. When everyone copies, most movies fail, even if a few succeed.”

Filmography of prolific director Kashyap is outstanding and includes Black Friday, Dev D, No Smoking, Gulaal, Gangs of Wasseypur, Mukkabaaz, Sacred Games, and Manmarziyaan. In 2023, his most recent picture, Kennedy, had its world premiere at Cannes. Key parts in this neo-noir thriller include those of Rahul Bhat, Sunny Leone, Abhilash Thapliyal, Mohit Takalkar, and others.

In thinking back on the Cannes experience, Kashyap said to Film Companion, "Showcasing your film to the world at Cannes is always special. A lifetime experience is playing at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Kennedy has great personal meaning for me. With this movie, we gave it everything. Getting a standing ovation for seven minutes made me very happy. Thank you and welcome.

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