The recent mass killings in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight screening of Hollywood flick, The Dark Knight Rises, did not deter filmmaker Anurag Kashyap from releasing his uber violent film, Gangs of Wasseypur II yesterday.
While the killer in the US massacre was apparently inspired by the film’s iconic villains — Joker and Bane, Kashyap says cinema is not to be blamed for violence in society. “For so many years, they’ve made films about being good and doing good. Why has that not changed the world? Why is it that somebody makes a violent film and immediately people say that? Why are movies singled out in every case?” asks the 39-year-old, during a recent visit to the Capital.
He adds, “The shootings in Colorado have nothing to do with The Dark Knight Rises. It just happened during the midnight screening of the film because the man wanted a public place. Nobody had seen the film beforehand. So there is no point of saying he was insp-ired by Bane or whoever.”
Kashyap doesn’t shy away from admitting that “violence has been exaggerated in part II (of Gangs Of Wasseypur),” but he doesn’t believe it will be aped in real. “My logic is when violence is very real and visceral; it does not instigate people to try it out. It puts them off. But when violence is make-believe and heroic, that’s when it has a negative impact,” he says.
“There wouldn’t have been a need for a Satyamev Jayate if people were influenced by cinema so much in India. Satyamev Jayate proves the theory wrong that cinema has influenced people in a positive way.” However, Kashyap has accepted two cuts in part II that were considered too violent by the Censor Board.