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I’ll try not to disappoint in my next: Anurag Basu responds to Jagga Jasoos criticism

Anurag Basu did not name anyone in his tweets but his response comes just days after actor Ranbir Kapoor’s father Rishi Kapoor slammed the director for being irresponsible.

bollywood Updated: Jul 26, 2017 22:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Most of the critics liked Jagga Jasoos.
Most of the critics liked Jagga Jasoos.

Anurag Basu has demonstrated his calibre as a filmmaker with projects like Gangster, Life In A Metro and Barfi, so expectations were really high when his last film Jagga Jasoos hit theatres on July 14. The film also marked Ranbir Kapoor’s return with Basu after Barfi.

Jagga Jasoos didn’t do well at the box office despite a positive word of mouth around it. But that wasn’t the biggest blow Anurag Basu dealt with. Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor slammed the film and indicated that Basu’s irresponsible handling of the project was the prime reason behind the box office debacle.

In an interview with Mid-Day, Rishi Kapoor said, “Till Wednesday, Anurag Basu was still mixing the film. Can you imagine that? Pritam (composer) probably delivered the music only a week before. What can you say? You don’t take an opinion from anybody. Today’s filmmakers are doing this with everybody. They don’t show their films before release to take opinions, and treat it as though they’re making a nuclear bomb. I didn’t hate or love the film.”

He further said, “I only felt it needed to be abridged by 20 minutes. But who is going to give that opinion to them? I totally agree with Ekta (Kapoor) when she threw him out from her film. He had problems with Rakesh Roshan while working on Kites (2010). He’s such an irresponsible director that he doesn’t complete the film. It was supposed to release three times in the past two years, but it kept getting delayed.”

Earlier, Ranbir Kapoor also suggested in a video chat with AIB that Anurag Basu’s filmmaking style isn’t very professional.

Basu kept quiet all this while. But he has responded now.

On Wednesday, he tweeted in his defence.

Basu hasn’t named anyone in his tweets but it seems like a response to all the criticism he has been facing.

Jagga Jasoos, also featuring Ranbir’s former girlfriend Katrina Kaif, was Basu’s take on a musical.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 22:16 IST