Anurag Kashyap’s 2004 film, Black Friday, was recently screened at the Mumbai Film Festival as part of the Director’s Choice segment. But despite having his project showcased alongside world cinema classics and even Indian hits like Parinda (1989) and Bandit Queen (1994), the film-maker seems more excited about his upcoming acting venture in Ghoomkethu. "Though I am making a cameo, I think acting is hard work. I have a newfound respect for actors ever since I got into their shoes," he says.
Meanwhile, as a film-maker, two of his projects have been facing constant delays. When asked about their status, he says, "I will complete a decade of working on Bombay Velvet soon, and Ugly is a special project for me. These are massive projects and there’s a lot of work going on. But all I can say is that Ugly will release this year, and Bombay Velvet will come out in May."
But won’t Ranbir’s other May release (a film with Anurag Basu) affect Bombay Velvet’s business? "How can you be sure that both will release at the same time?" he says.
At the festival, Kashyap was constantly hounded by young students and film enthusiasts who wanted to take selfies with him. Although he has obliged them all, he says, "This trend of selfies is annoying. It’s a disease. I hardly get to catch any movies at Mumbai Film Festival, and this happens every year. I have watched most of the films that are being screened here at other festivals. But here, there are too many students, and most of my time goes in interacting and posing."