Anurag Kashyap is ecstatic as his film, Gangs of Wasseypur (GoW), is going to the Cannes film festival. Here’s what the director has to say about his film and more…
I am happy because I now know I was right to make the kind of films I have been making. Many of my films have released first at film festivals and then in India. Of course I am happy that my film is going to Cannes. Actually, if Udaan didn’t go to Cannes, it wouldn’t have released in India.
Most Expensive Film To Date
Compared to many other films, mine is not high-budget but compared to my other films, this one is my costliest. They are two films, Gangs of Wasseypur 1 and 2. Together, they must have cost Rs 20 crore to make.
It Is Different
People would always tell me to make “something different”. And when I did, with Gangs of Wasseypur, we are on our way to Cannes. In Cannes, they will watch it for 5 hours, 20 minutes but in India, we will release the film in two parts as our distributors will not allow us to release them together as their popcorn and samosa business will get affected.
My Rule, My Vision
I can’t make movies keeping a specific type of audience in mind. My marketing team decides my target audience. We liked the story and hence we made the film. And then they decided who the target audience would be. It is a massy film and it should translate everywhere.
People think I randomly make films but they don’t understand that to make a film, we have to do lots of research. When Zeeshan Qadri, Akhilesh Jaiswal and Sachin K Ladia approached me with the script, I was, like, ‘Aisa thodi na hota hain’. So to prove their point, they brought newspaper cuttings. Then I sent my team to Wasseypur. At first, I didn’t know there was a place called Wasseypur in India. Then my team went there and did a lot of research. It took us two years before we made the film. Filmmaking is not so easy when you make reality-based cinema. When you watch the film, you will notice that almost every character and scene is in Wasseypur.
USP Of GoW
All credit to Sneha Khanwalkar, composer of the film. She visited many places around the world to look for music. We have come such long way that we don’t have our own music in our own country! So Sneha went to Africa and many other places to search for folk songs as people from Bihar travelled to that continent ages ago. Those people actually play that music till today. She is a Maharashtrian and didn’t know anything about Wasseypur but she went there did her research and composed the music.