Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is headed to the 65th Cannes International Film Festival this month with his two-part movie Gangs of Wasseypur, and Peddlers, is a happy man these days. However, the 39-year-old says that it took him a lot of “struggle” to make a mark for himself, especially because he had no support from Bollywood.
“I have more support from outside than from here (Bollywood),” says Kashyap, who is often seen as a beacon of light in new age cinema, in India. “For me, my way was outside in because inside (Bollywood), people didn’t support me. People, who could have fought for me, did not. So I had to go outside to come here,” says Kashyap, adding, “Noted filmmakers abroad stood by me. And my films are now going to the non-diaspora audience, which for me is a big achievement. That sustains me. I get funding from outside. I am less and less dependent on Indian studios.”
One of the Hollywood filmmakers with whom Kashyap is really close to is Danny Boyle, who is producing his next film, Bombay Velvet. “Danny Boyle is completely with me in whatever I do,” says Kashyap.