In an industry that is known for its cliques, Anurag Kashyap dared to stand by what he believes in. The film-maker doesn’t attribute his success just to his unique style of cinema, but also to the setbacks he encountered along the way.
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"Failure is the best thing that can happen to you. It is the best teacher. If my films were not banned, do you think I would have been the person who is standing here? I would be a different human being. I would have made films that I don’t like, and my career would have been finished," he says.
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The film-maker says that it is his individuality and independence that define him. "It is so important to be independent. Not only do you get freedom [to do what you want], but you also get so much perspective and objectivity. There are cliques everywhere. Whenever someone finds a secure atmosphere, they try to protect it," says Kashyap.
The effort to create a space for his kind of cinema in a star-crazy country made his journey hard, but unique, says the 41-year-old. However, he now seems to be moving into a commercial zone with his upcoming venture, which has Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead. "I am using the mainstream to tell my own stories. I am on my own journey. I still have so much [to do] that I haven’t done. I am still discovering new things," he says.
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It is this journey that made him discover his love for documentaries. His production house recently attached his name to a documentary, Katiyabaaz.
However, Kashyap says that he never looks at the commercial viability of these ventures. He says, "Documentaries don’t have much at stake in terms of money. The effort is always in releasing them."