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“The Applause or Brickbats do not matter” – Anurag Kashyap


In the light of the recent release and subsequent underperformance of Anurag Kashyap’s highly publicized film Bombay Velvet, the director took to the social networking

site Facebook to voice his opinion about the film. Here is an excerpt of the same:


“It’s time to close the book and move on. It’s been a journey, as if one life is over with Bombay Velvet. A lot of people do not connect with it and a small number of people did. Maybe when

the shock of the narrative wears down, you will revisit it in the calm of your homes and will get into it. Maybe our experimenting with the narrative didn’t work for most but I firmly believe in

the film. This is the film I wanted to make and I am glad I got to make it. I am very happy that all those who have been part of this journey firmly stand with it. No I am not depressed or hiding,

this has taught us a lot and is my absolute personal favourite, there have been no regrets whatsoever. I want to thank everyone who believed in the dream and lived it together, thank you all of

you, and all the others who I can’t think of at the moment. Thank you for your pride and love in what we did together, the process was beautiful and we have all come back richer from it. I think I

am very rich today for having so many friends and people in my life and their faith. Now let’s get on to the next and let’s kick ass. Films is what I breathe, what I live for, does not matter where

I go and where I stay , I will only make films, and no I am not done with making films in and about my country, rest is just a little detour. None of you need to worry about me, we have survived so

much, have been standing 22 years in the face of adversity and rejection. And I am still free with my choices. Bombay Velvet has been worth all the heart ache and pain and a memory to

cherish for life. I love you all so much and I also feel all your love. Let my silence not worry any of you. I am solid, we are solid. The Applause or Brickbats do not matter, what matters is who

is standing in the arena. It’s us who go out there and risk it, it’s us who choose not to take the easy route, it’s us who stand tall when they let the lions loose on us, we are and will be the

gladiators, let’s just keep playing the sport.. Let’s continue reinventing, let’s give everything our best. And like Schwarzenegger said, I WILL BE BACK…”

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