When we meet Anurag Kashyap for this interview, the extremely occupied and visibly tired filmmaker asks us to accompany him in his car. He is running late for another appointment. "I wish I had multiplicity," he tells us, explaining that he would love to have five of him, so that when one is working, the other four can sleep.
But soon realising the impracticality of his wish, the 42-year-old gets to business and diligently answers our questions.
When you decided to co-produce NH10, did you think an offbeat film like that would find takers?
We always believed in NH10. The problem was finding people who believed in a script that was fronted by a woman. I was shooting for my directorial venture then, and I was told that Anushka (Sharma; actor and co-producer) doesn’t want to do the film. It was only when I spoke to her that I realised that she had read some other script and not NH10.
Anushka Sharma in a still from NH10.
The title on the opening page had been mixed up. Then I gave her the right script and things got rolling.
There was also some buzz that Ranbir-starrer Bombay Velvet is gearing up for a screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
There is no confirmation on that right now, and until there is, I can’t talk about it. However, I have shown the film to committee members of several film festivals around the world, and many Bollywood directors as well. I like to do that. When I make a film, I show it to everyone to get their opinion. I’m not scared of reviews; I have followed this practice since I made my first film, Paanch. It’s insecurity that stops other people from doing this.
A still from Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma-starrer Bombay Velvet.
It was reported that Martin Scorsese (Hollywood director) will present your upcoming film Bombay Velvet. But then that didn’t happen.
That was never supposed to happen. It’s just one of the many rumours floating around.
The director of Eega (2012), SS Rajamouli, (director) is coming up with his next. Though it is a regional film, it is set to get a wide release and would clash with your film.
I’m a big Rajamouli fan; I’ll be watching his film first day first show. Why should I want that his film should not reach out to everyone? I have made my film the way I wanted, in the least possible money. The studio backing the film is happy with the film. So, now, how they have to recover the money is what they know best.