As India celebrates 100 years of cinema, Anurag Kashyap is one of four leading filmmakers collaborating on a Bollywood project that shows what the movies have meant to them. Bombay Talkies, which opens in cinemas on Friday, also features the work of Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.
It will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Kashyap's segment focuses on fan adoration for Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan whose house is often surrounded by crowds waiting for a glimpse of the 70-year-old actor. Bachchan first became popular in the 1970s as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema and has since appeared in more than 180 films, becoming one of the most influential actors in India.
Kashyap, known for films such as Black Friday about the 1993 Bombay bombings, Gulaal, and recently Gangs of Wasseypur, spoke to Reuters about Bombay Talkies, his awkward relationship with Indian cinema's most famous actor, and why he wanted to tell this story.