For someone who entered the R100-crore bracket with his directorial debut — Dabangg (2010) — Kashyap is not one to be affected by critics’ reviews, or as he puts it, ‘critics’ mood swings’. “My film’s success does not depend on the critic’s mood at the time of reviewing the film. They cannot refute or make my two years worth of hard work in a matter of two hours. Though I really respect their views, I don’t allow negative criticism to dampen my spirit.”
Ready with his next — Besharam, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Javed Jaffrey, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh — Abhinav Kashyap launched the movie’s music at JW Marriott, Sector 35, on Thursday.
Why Chandigarh? “We shot for Besharam in Chandigarh for 40 days at a stretch; there is a certain affinity we have towards this place. So, we decided to launch the film’s title track, Besharam, here.”
Talk to him about working with the Kapoor family and he says, “Instead of being ‘handful’ I was completely ‘handsfree’ on the sets; the son (Ranbir), mom (Neetu) and dad (Rishi Kapoor) are very professional in their approach.”
And then comes the inevitable question of his professional relationship with brother, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. “Our genres of film differ to a great extent, our cinematic approach is different; so, there is no question of rivalry,” says he.
Sharing the idea behind his latest, Abhinav says, “There is a saying ‘Sab se bada rog - kya kahenge log’ That’s the disease Indians are suffering from — what would people say? This ideology creates hurdles for anyone in our society who thinks out of the box. Hence, came the script of Besharam. The character, Babli, played by Ranbir Kapoor, gives out the message that there is no ‘right way’ of doing something wrong.” And the quirky characters he comes up with? “Because of my looks, people believe I am a very serious person. The truth is, my face veils a certain madness I have inside of me, which is reflected in my films."
Abhinav has earlier written dialogues for Bollywood films Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) and 13 B (2009), and worked as assistant director to Mani Ratnam for Yuva (2004).