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Keeping It Real Was Top Priority: Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap, who is known for his desi-flavoured films, is ready with another from this genre – Gangs of Wasseypur, which is based on true stories that unfolds in Wasseypur, a place in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Kashyap says the film is very desi and also very funny. More on GoW courtesy Anurag Kashyap.

Concept

I went to watch Kalki’s (Koechlin) play at Prithvi and was sitting at the café. A guy spotted me sitting alone and started narrating his story. His name was Zeeshan Quadri. I knew immediately that I would make this film. In Wasseypur, people actually live their lives as if they were in a Hindi film.

The cast

It’s a very desi and authentic film about the coal mafia in Dhanbad. The cast includes Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Syed Zeeshan Quadri and Richa Chadda. I am also introducing Tigmanshu Dhulia in the film and have given him a lot of screen space, unlike what he did to me in his film Shagird.

Releasing in two parts

It’s not the kind of film whose story can be told in three hours. Moreover, it is about three generations. I have not edited a single scene according to what my writer told me. It’s a five-and-a-half-hour film. So we decided to release it in two parts. The second part will be released later. Tigmanshu features in all three generations.

Item film

My film has 25 item songs in it. Every character is an item. In fact, the entire film is an item. We have used folk songs in the film, and Sneha Khanwalkar has scored the music and it’s very rustic. Music plays a very important part in this film.

Shooting

While shooting in Wasseypur, we didn’t let on that we were shooting a film so that we could keep the proceedings as real and natural as possible. The moment people there see a camera, they stare at it as if Salman Khan is going to will walk out of it. So we shot many scenes discretely.

Costliest film to date

If you do not compare this film with what other filmmakers make but to my earlier films, it is my costliest film to date as we shot it over several months. Before this one, my most expensive film was Dev D. Thankfully, we managed to shoot some scenes secretly because shooting scenes where I have to show a landmine blast would have cost me Rs 5 crore itself.

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