For all his creative genius, Anurag Kashyap could never be described as a maverick director. But today when I sit with him and zoom
in his eyes, I see a different Anurag Kashyap. He understands the nature of the film industry. He knows how movies are bought and sold. He knows the
business....now. As his Gangs Of Wasseypur is a few weeks away from the worldwide release, all he is waiting for is his first big smash hit at the BO.
â€˜Liberalâ€™ has become a dirty word in Bollywood & itâ€™s been demonised to a terrifying degree. Kashyap knows it better than all of us. Anurag chooses the right
word instead â€“ â€˜main-stream, commercial, masala entertainerâ€™. Now youâ€™re talking Mr Director! Part 2 of my conversation with Anurag Kashyap
â€œWhen I meet Danny Boyle and Michael Winterbottom, I realise their work culture and humility that far surpasses oursâ€
I donâ€™t grasp technicalities when I meet directors or producers from the West. What I grasp is their humility. When I go to London and call Danny Boyle, he
tells me that he canâ€™t meet me today because he needs to fix a leak in his house. Out here, I need to call a plumber. When I meet Michael Winterbottom, and
his eleven member crew, I learnt that he is carrying his own monitor. The cameraman carries his own camera, he doesnâ€™t have five attendants. The art director
doesnâ€™t have assistant and sweeps the floor and puts a nail on the wall by himself. Iâ€™ve realised their work culture and their humility. Thatâ€™s what I grasp from
â€œManoj is so dedicated that he starts living the role on and off the setsâ€
While we were writing Gangs Of Wasseypur and the Sardar Khan character, I knew it was Manoj Bajpayee whoâ€™ll play this role and no one else. The
only question I faced was â€“ Will he shave his head? He immediately agreed. He is quite an incredible actor. He starts living the role off and on the sets. If you
see the sequences in the song â€˜O Womaniyaâ€™, when he is taking is bath, what people couldnâ€™t see is that he had hundred and four degree fever. He will
do the shot and then get wrapped up in a towel. He is a dedicated actor and always was.
â€œGangs Of Wasseypur will be my most profitable venture everâ€
Bollywood is a star driven industry but anything that has potential in it will work. It has more possibility today. Five years ago, there was no guarantee that
such films will work. Today I feel Black Friday, Paanch and Gulaal couldâ€™ve worked better at the box office if released this year. No
Smoking done smartly back then wouldâ€™ve recovered the money. But it was sold three times higher than the actual cost of the film. Iâ€™ve learnt the business
over the years and I am confident that Gangs Of Wasseypur will be my most profitable venture ever.
â€œThere was no distributional support for these good movies back then and even now a few films face the same traumaâ€
There was no distributional support for these good movies back then and even now a few films face the same trauma only because there is no star in the film
and even if there is a star, itâ€™s still stuck in a rut. Kahaani was floating around for a long time. Paan Singh Tomar was made and ready since two
and a half years. Thanks to UTV SpotBoy and Viacom 18 that has changed.
â€œI first spotted Nawazuddin in John Mathew Mathanâ€™s Sarfaroshâ€
Nawazuddin has been at it for a very long time and itâ€™s just that all his films are collected together and the time has come that all these movies are working.
His film Patang was ready two years ago and itâ€™s releasing now. Weâ€™ve worked together in Black Friday and I first spotted him in
Sarfarosh. He played one of the guys in the Police Station who cracks down and cries. I said, â€œWow! What a junior artistâ€. He is quite an invisible
person on the street walking. But on screen, he can be anybody you want to see. He has that fire in him thatâ€™s scorching on screen. There arenâ€™t many his
types when it comes to acting.
â€œI needed Richa for the role and no one elseâ€
Richa Chaddaâ€™s audition that she did for Dev D was still stuck in my mind and I knew that she would pull off this role in Wasseypur. She
understood the milieu and fitted in the role very well. I needed Richa for the role and no one else. It had to be her. Thanks to my casting director Mukesh
Chhabra who has done a wonderful job in getting all actors together for my movie.
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