Anurag Kashyap is ready to don the director’s cap once again. But after the success of Dev D and Gulaal, it’s not Happy Ending, Doga or Bombay Velvet that will see the filmmaker in action. The movie Kashyap is excited about right now is an independent thriller that he scripted with girlfriend Kalki Koechlin in Venice, during his stay there as part of the jury for the Venice International Film Festival.
Says Kashyap, “The movie that we’ve scripted is definitely not Happy Ending, that the media had been speculating about. It’s a thriller about a foreigner girl who comes to India looking for something, and her experience in India.”
The film will star Koechlin in the lead as the foreigner, while Naseeruddin Shah will be the male lead. The cast also includes Shiv Subramanium (last seen in Kaminey) and a bunch of theatre actors, many of whom will be acting in their first movie. “The movie will star all the theatre actors I have always admired,” says Kashyap, who will shoot the movie in one three-week long schedule, from October 17 to November 10.
Once the film’s post-production is complete, Kashyap plans to take it to film festivals across the globe, and then put it up in the market for interested buyers. He will take a similar course for Udaan, that he is co-producing with Sanjay Singh and R Bajaj.
The two movies, along with Bombay Velvet and Doga, are not a part of the nine-film deal that Kashyap has recently signed with UTV Motion Pictures. “Anurag will be directing 4-5 films for us and creatively producing the same number over the next three years. The films could be across any genre and scale, and we plan to make everything from romantic movies to comedies to horror,” says Vikas Bahl, CCO of UTV Motion Pictures.
The first three movies finalised as part of the deal include a comedy, Raamleela, starring actors Raghuvir Yadav and Kumud Mishra, about a group of villagers doing Raamleela and how they start living those roles. The other two films are untitled and include a contemporary political thriller directed by Ashish Khaitan and a biopic on a poet.
“After Dev D everyone wanted me to do films with them,” explains Kashyap about the reason behind the tie-up. “But I didn’t want to be fresh meat on the market. I want freedom, not money, and UTV is giving me that kind of freedom.” Meanwhile, Kashyap is looking forward to the results of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, held in Australia, where he has been nominated for ‘Achievement in Directing’ for Dev D, along with directors from Iran, Sri Lanka, Japan and China. Incidentally, Dev D was also the only film to have a repeat screening at the Venice Film Festival last month.