Anurag Kashyap: A film like Gangs of Wasseypur is new in Indian cinema
The maverick director chats about his latest film, Gangs of Wasseypur, before its UK premiere at the London Indian Film Festival 2012. The film made a splash at the Cannes International Film Festival, but will it work on a larger scale?
He’s the vanguard of indie films in India. From being a fantastic scriptwriter to becoming a depressed filmmaker because his Black Friday was banned for years, Anurag Kashyap has grown to be the face of Indian cinema that stands out from the usual candyfloss, masala entertainers. He makes films that are hard-hitting and realistic and supports people who want to experiment with cinema – be it Imtiaz Ali and Rockstar, or Tigmanshu Dhulia for Paan Singh Tomar. Anurag’s latest film – a two-part, six-hour marathon called Gangs of Wasseypur – was a hot favourite at Cannes 2012 and will be the first screening at the London Indian Film Festival tonight (June 20). The maverick director spoke to BollywoodLife on the phone from London….. Click here to read more
Why is the touring talkie in Maharasthra dying?
The concept of the watching movies in a tent no longer appeals to audiences in the drought-ridden state’s villages…they prefer cable TV or DVDs at home!
Marathi film Touring Talkies (directed by Gajendra Ahire) has been in the news lately, and it brings back into focus the business of travelling theatres. Still running in rural India in spite of the penetration of cable TV, DVDs and the Internet – in some places – the concept of watching films in a mobile theatre is dying a slow death every day. Click here to read more