Anurag Kashyap reacts to YRF's string of failures with Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Samrat Prithviraj and Shamshera: 'Aditya Chopra has hired a bunch of people, he needs to empower them and not dictate them'
Anurag Kashyap, while promoting Do Baaraa, spoke to Galatta Plus about the state of the Hindi film industry, the films failing at the box office and why Hindi cinema is struggling. “The industry is such that people will continue walking in from all walks of life,” he said. “Here, cinema is largely controlled by those people, and that to the second generation, that has grown up in trial rooms. They have not lived life. So, they’re referencing is based on cinema. What is not on screen can’t be cinema to them. The biggest problem with YRF is the trial room effect. You take a story and you want to make a Pirates of the Caribbean out of it and it becomes Thugs of Hindostan. You take a story, and you want to make a Mad Max: Fury Road out of it, and it becomes Shamshera. The moment you head in that direction, you’re cheating yourself, especially in today’s time. A Shamshera would’ve really worked two-three years back.”
Anurag Kashyap said that Gujarat didn't look like Gujarat at all in Jayeshbhai Jordaar. He said that the films aren't rooted as the story in the script vs what gets made are different. He also spoke about YRF films failing back-to-back and how they continue to work in this set template. Anurag continued, “You have one person sitting in a cave, who doesn’t know the world outside, dictating how everybody should be making their films and telling them what to do. Obviously, you’re digging your own grave. You have to empower people, you can’t dictate terms. That time is passe now. If Aditya Chopra has hired a bunch of people, he needs to empower them and not dictate them, not control the casting, not control everything. Sit in your office, hire good people if you trust them, and let them make their film. Which is the mistake he makes. He doesn’t let them (be).”
On the work front, Anurag Kashyap's directorial Do Baaraa stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead. It releases on August 19, 2022.
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