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I intend to start a dialogue through my films, says Anurag Kashyap. By Team Viva
Celebrated filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who counts himself as a social commentator and attempts to capture the complex reality of the Indian society in his films, says he wants thought-provoking films to help the audience start a conversation on issues.
His forthcoming sports film Mukkabaaz deals with the struggle of a boxer and with social issues like caste system, youth politics and the power play of people.
Known for his socio-political dramas like Black Friday, Ugly and Gangs Of Wasseypur, what made him make a film on boxing?
Kashyap said, “My film is a sports drama inspired by a real-life story and is not based on caste. There is no movie in Bollywood where the cast of the protagonist is not mentioned. I am not trying to do anything that has not been done before and doesn’t want the film to hog the limelight for wrong reasons such as caste issue.
“I intend to start a dialogue through my films. I am a social commentator as a filmmaker and (believe in) capturing the complexity of the society as it is. The idea is that after watching the film Mukkabaaz, if people start talking about the affected area of a sportsman’s life and who is responsible for that, I will be happy,” said Kashyap.
“The fact is, in our country, people join sports to get a government job and once they get that, they do not want to do that and rather want to play the sport. As a result, neither do they become a good officer, nor a sportsman. Ultimately, the result shows on our achievement of medals in international tournaments,” he explained.
Kashyap, who is keen on exploring the old storytelling tradition that infuses music and poetry, believes in adding entertainment value to any serious topic.
“This is the first time that I have thought about the story as in ‘How would Rajkumar Hirani do it’ because as a filmmaker, he understands the pulse of a common man very well. He took on the education system in 3 Idiots, religion in PK and a subject like Mahatma Gandhi in Munna Bhai.
“Raju proved the fact that if you can add a value of entertainment, you can reach out to the largest audience with the most serious subject of the country. I think I have tried everything in this one — whether adding humour, use of music and poetry... I have tried them all,” added Kashyap.
He believes in the existing fine line between a lyricist and a poet, and so, has used poetry penned by Hussain Haidry for Mukkabaaz.
Being vocal on issues pertaining to the entertainment business, the filmmaker said that he prefers to stay as an independent individual. However, he hopes better times prevail for the industry.
“I think the larger issue in the business of cinema is different. Things like censorship, forced rule of the interval by exhibitors, difficult distribution of a film in different states are some of them. I think we are living in a country where people want everything free, with-out responsibility. And they are certainly not ready to pay for entertainment.”
“Cinema’s work is not to give a social message or bring a change. People search for moral points in it, there have been numerous films brimmed with messages. Has anybody learnt to love through films?”
He added, “The audience watches the film, praises it and forgets the message as soon as they leave the theatre. I believe that the film that impacts us the most is the one which shakes the core and leaves an indelible impression on our mind.”
Photo: Pankaj Kumar
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