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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap whose latest big budget film ‘Bombay Velvet’ bombed at the box office opined that Bardroy Barretto’s Konkani film Nachom-ia Kumpasar is more authentic than his film ‘Bombay Velvet’. It is understood that both movies are based on Goan singer Lorna. Kashyap said: “We used the same raw material and I made a disaster out of it.” Anurag was here on November 23 at NFDC’s Film Bazaar being held on the sidelines of 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Anurag, speaking about the Konkani film Nachom-ia Kumpasar, said that Bardroy Barretto kept the story as authentic as possible whereas he manipulated it. “I camouflaged the story whereas he kept it authentic,” said Anurag who opined that regional filmmakers have more creative freedom.
Anurag informed that he managed to watch the film ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’, eight months after its release and that too he watched the entire movie even though it is in a language that he doesn’t understand.
Speaking about ‘Bombay Velvet’ he said that it probably is the biggest loss making movie in the history of India cinema and he has to live with that nightmare throughout his life.
Anurag also opines that bigger the budget of the movie, the lesser the maker will have control over it. When asked whether he will blame the big studio for the fate of the movie, he said: “Just because I have a dream to do something for 10 years does not mean that somebody is obliged to do it. They buy into your idea; they buy into your dream. It was like a ` 90 crore art film. The burden of that money lost is going to be with me for long. I have to live with that nightmare,” Kashyap said.
Anurag further said that it does not mean that he will not work with a studio in the future. “I will work with studios, but I don’t want anyone to lose money. I’d rather make a very controlled budget film for a studio.”
He also stated that writing, directing and producing a movie on his own helps him to have better control over his craft. He also suggested that it is a good sign that more and more writers are becoming filmmakers.
Speaking about the Film Bazaar he said that a movie getting selected at the Film Bazaar is no less than an award for the film and that every project supported by the Bazaar is a success. “The amount of respect the movie gets if it comes out from the Film Bazaar is amazing,” he said.
This year too, Anurag is here at the Film Bazaar with his next project. It is a documentary made by Avani Rai on her father veteran photographer, Raghu Rai that he is producing.
While commenting about small films he said that the struggle is still not over. “Even after winning awards and recognition a movie like ‘Masaan’ had to fight for screen space and compete with big budget movies like ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan.”