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Black Friday ordeal haunts Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap says his biggest challenge was to present the subject without any bias as the film was based on a sensitive issue.

entertainment Updated: Jan 01, 2008 19:17 IST
Prithwish Ganguly
Prithwish Ganguly

Two years after it did the rounds of film festivals around the world, Black Friday was finally released in India in February - but director Anurag Kashyap wasn't thrilled.

He did not attend any of its screenings.

Black Friday, a film which documents the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings, had been held up due to legal worries it could influence the outcome of a 13-year-long blasts trial that ended only in September 2006.

"My film was scheduled to release in January 2005 but it got a stay order at the last minute," said Kashyap. "I did not feel anything when Black Friday released, there was no joy for me."

The critically acclaimed film is based on a book by the same name and uses real names and places - the main reason why its release was delayed.

"It was my child when I made it...I slipped into severe depression."

It was a nightmare all over again for Kashyap whose first film Paanch - a film on sex, drugs and rock and roll - had also been denied a commercial release in India.

"If you are hit by obstacles time and again, you begin to question yourself," said the director. "I was dejected, disappointed but I knew I had to make movies - that would keep me going or else it's all over for me."

Things have been better since. Kashyap's films No Smoking and the animated film The Return of Hanuman hit Indian cinemas in the second half of 2007.

But Kashyap is still known as the man behind Black Friday.

The film examines the conspiracy behind the Mumbai blasts and the massive follow-up investigation, giving a detailed account of the planning and execution of the probe.

Kashyap said his biggest challenge was to present the subject without any bias.

"It was such a sensitive subject that I knew balance was the key…we did not want to show either Hindus or Muslims in bad light.

"We stuck to facts."