From having to wait seven years to get his first film released, to co-producing 11 films now, including those of other filmmakers, Anurag Kashyap has come a long way.
He admits, “Eleven films are under co-production right now, including Gandu director Q’s next, titled Pacher Desh, which is a musical based on a story by (Rabindranath) Tagore. Though this one isn’t controversial, I would support him even if he made porn.” The other films under Anurag’s banner are Hansal Mehta’s Next, Sachin Kundalkar’s film starring Rani Mukerji and Prithviraj, UK- based Pardesi films’ Monsoon Shootout, Michael Winterbottom’s next among others.
The director confirms all 11 films will release next year. He says, “If I like the script and the filmmaker, we help them by getting more co-producers on board and raising money. We don’t have our own money.” The director points out that his last release, Shaitan, had five co-producers. He adds, “I have been trying to promote the concept of co-production because it minimises everyone’s risks. And the film that needs to be made, gets made.”
Why is he on a marathon spree and how does he plan to get these films released? He says, “I support people because I want them to keep making films. I feel these people are great filmmakers and they shouldn’t become another me.” Where does he get the time to be a sounding board to so many? “I don’t attend parties. I work all the time,” he insists.
Post That Girl In Yellow Boots, Anurag has his own directorial ventures Michael and Gangs of Wasseypur up for release before he goes on floors with Bombay Velvet. He says, “It was supposed to be a trilogy, and one of them was supposed to feature John Abraham, but we are making only one of the films right now. This is going to be my costliest film. The budget is approximately Rs 60 crore.”