The Anurag way

Director reveals his penchant for starting a film ‘blind’ and then giving it a voice

  • Published 11.09.18
Anurag Kashyap

More than a decade and over a dozen films later, Anurag Kashyap’s filmmaking process remains the same — start a movie “blindly” and find its voice along the way being unsure of the outcome.

Kashyap says he has always tried to find his films in the process.
“I know a lot of filmmaker friends of mine who have figured their film out before they go to shoot. Shooting is execution for them. For me, shooting is the process of finding my film, my voice, articulating what I am trying to say,” Kashyap told PTI.
The director, who has helmed several award winning features like the Gangs of Wasseypur series, Gulaal and Dev D, says he always get his films “only at the end of it.”
“I feel ‘oh, this is done! And then I move on. I always start blind. The only film that I haven’t started blind was Bombay Velvet. Everything was too prepared. First time I worked with an organised AD system and there were proper shoot hours,” he adds.
Working in a set up like this might make filmmakers constantly question if they’re getting it right, but the Mukkabaaz director says, there is no such fear.
“There’s no fear of not getting it right. It’s actually what drives us. It’s the fuel. The best filmmakers across the world are unsure of their films. Even after its release they think if they got it right or not. It’s only the filmmakers that I don’t look up to who are sure of their film,” he says.
Kashyap believes being a director is akin to being a batsman on a pitch who is required to hit every ball to the boundary.
“The idea is to get all the shots right. Every time, they throw a ball at you, you have to hit. Like ‘we don’t have budget’, you tackle it. ‘We can’t shoot at a particular location’, you hit it, or ‘an actor is not available’ you hit it again. You have to play every ball thrown at you.”
The director is awaiting the release of his next Manmarziyaan. Written by Kanika Dhillon, the romantic-drama features Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan. It is set to be released on September 14.