Published On: Wed, May 25th, 2016

Naseeruddin Shah hitout at director Anurag Kashyap


Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah, Bollywood experienced, has lashed out at director Anurag Kashyap by stating that he fails to recognize why directors similar to him become avaricious and switch to star-driven, commercial movies.

Shah told that Kashyap’s working away with the sort of cinema he considers in the reason for the failure of his mega-budget movie, Bombay Velvet. Shah feels the Kashyap who rose to prominence with the much asserted Black Friday had collected for himself a loyal audience base.

It was inquired that if it was the pressure that drove Kashyap to make the Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma leading cast, the actor stated, “Not pressure … it was greed that drove Anurag Kashyap to make that wretched film Bombay Velvet. It has happened to them all. They claim they need a wider audience. Why do you suddenly need a wider audience? When you started off you didn’t need a wider audience. You were catering to the niche. Now, why do you need a wider audience and a bigger budget?”

The 66-year-old actor, though, did not get it all far from the Gangs of Wasseypur creator. Presenting instances of film-makers for example Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Ketan Mehta, Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani, who have had a reach same to that of Kashyap, Shah stated that the debuted movies of all these directors were top-of-the-line. Shah revealed that “All these guys’ first film has been their best. Whether it is Saeed, Ketan, Anurag, Shyam or Govind, because they were strapped for funds, had fire in their bellies and it meant the world to them to make a movie,” Shah further added that “However, once those movies got acclaim, they started believing they are masters and you can see the results. Apart from Shyam, I don’t think anyone has retained the quality. These film-makers are dying to make movies with popular actors and that is the truth.”

Shah will be seen in the upcoming film Waiting beside Bollywood performer Kalki Koechlin. He discharged the so-called novel wave in Indian cinema, thinking it an expression coined by the media.

Shah stated that “There is no wave; there are a few guys who are trying to make films they believe in as they were in the 70s. The ratio is as small as it was then. Nothing has changed and nothing is going to change,”

He, though, agreed with the reality that there still are some film-makers who are making efforts to craft films they believe in, but they are too few to create a brawl with the commercial potboilers.  He said “There will always be a few crazies who will want to make their kind of movies. May their breed survive but they will always be in the minority.”

Shah laughed by saying that “I kept getting these movies because they could not afford any popular actor. I was the most popular among the new wave of actors. I was not cast because they had high regard for me. I was always cast because I was available cheap,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.