Published On: Tue, Sep 6th, 2016

I have failed Ranbir Kapoor:Anurag Kashyap opens up like never before


I have failed Ranbir KapoorAnurag Kashyap opens up like never before

Anurag Kashyap has garnered lot praise for his villainy act in Akira. However, things weren’t this sunny when the director tasted a flop with Bombay Velvet and even today holds himself responsible for letting Ranbir down.

Notably, Ranbir has also worked with Anurag’s brother Abhinav in Besharam, which also failed at the box office.

Talking about the flak the actor faced post the movies,  the 43-year-old filmmaker said, “I think we, as a team, have let him down in many ways. Ranbir is a fantastic artist, a brilliant human being and an actor who wanted to try out something different. He wanted to experiment which not many stars would want to do. And we failed him terribly. I feel completely responsible for this. “

Anurag further added, “Not just him, now when I hear studios shutting, I somewhere feel that I am definitely one of the reasons behind it. When the stories come up and there’s Bombay Velvet’s poster right at the top of the article, it does hurt.”


Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Mumbai bombings, followed by No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award-winning Satya (1998) and the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005). He founded his film production company, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. in 2009.

Frequently casts the actor Kay Kay Menon who is a friend in personal life. (e.g. Paanch, Black Friday, Gulaal))
Frequently uses music composed by Amit Trivedi (e.g. Dev D (2009), Aamir (2008) and in his tv miniseries ‘Rajuben’ in the show ‘Specials @ 10′ too)
Known for his extensive use of lighting and colour-effect filters to enhance mood or dramatic effects in his films.
Frequently collaborates with Raj Singh Chaudhary, Vikramaditya Motwane, Aarti Bajajand Vishal Bhardwaj in his creative team for making his movies
Frequently casts the actor Aditya Srivastava in important roles for his films (Paanch, Black Friday, Gulaal)
Frequently his movies have themes of drug and alchohol abuse, excessive smoking, teenage angst, clinical depression, emotional abuse, extreme rage and frustration, arrogance, and above all self destruction. These qualities are found in his films due to their reflections in his personal life from time to time.
Most of his movies deal with very realistic scenarios and take excerpts from the scandals seen in newspapers in day to day life (eg the Joshi-Abhayankar Pune murder case reference in Paanch (2003), the 1993 Mumbai blasts in Black Friday (2004), the black BMW accident and MMS scandal in Dev D (2009))
Frequent usage of snorricam and handheld camera
Portrayal of surrealistic scenes
Frequent portrayal of talented and ambitious characters spending their youth alienated from the society and getting wasted in the prime of their lives in sex, drugs and alcohol (Paanch, Gulaal, Dev.D)
Extensive use of L cut in transformations.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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