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‘Film festivals do not help Indian films’: Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, whose films have been screened at various international film festivals, right from Locarno to Cannes, said that such film festivals do not help Indian films mainly because of the attitude of Indian filmmakers.

“Indian filmmakers do not take risks as they are scared of piracy. There are some great movies made in regional cinema, like Marathi and Tamil, but their filmmakers are always in hurry to release films and make them available online. No film festival is interested in these films then”, said Anurag, who was speaking to MD, NFDC-India, Nina Lath Gupta, during the Knowledge Series of the Film Bazaar organised by NFDC on the sidelines of the 45th International Film Festival of India. Kashyap was speaking on the topic ‘How and Why to Maximise your Film. Is there a Formula?’

Anurag, who cemented his career with the docu-drama ‘Black Friday’, said that in today’s day and age it is easier to make films because of the distribution system, internet and multiplexes. He, however, expressed his regret over the lack of exhibition space available to screen films. “The Government should provide more space for film exhibition. There are fifty people with fifty different ideas. Some producers do screenings in their individual capacity, which does not work”, he said.

Talking about investment and returns on a film, Kashyap said that the financial viability of a film was the responsibility of the filmmaker and that at the very least a film should earn one rupee more that what was invested.

“Filmmakers have to take some responsibility for the money invested in the making of the film. Most of the time filmmakers are lethargic and they want everything free. We need to change that attitude. A filmmaker should love his film little more”, he said.

Kashyap also said that filmmakers are in too much of a hurry to achieve name and fame. “Filmmaker like Amit Dutta from Himachal Pradesh, whose films are celebrated at various film festivals, is content with his work. He does not want any limelight”, Anurag said.

When asked about his movie ‘Bombay Velvet’, which will be released on May 15, 2015, he said, “It is a studio film. I can’t tell you anything about it, for as one filmmaker once said to me, ‘higher the cost of the film, the less control you have on the movie’.”


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