Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Man of the Month : Anurag Kashyap

Man of the Month > February 2007

Breaking the Jinx

This month, and we cross our fingers that nothing will go wrong, the jinx on Anurag Kashyap will finally be broken and his second film as a director will see the light of day. The writer of such films as Satya, Yuva, Main Aisa Hi Hoon and Shool was particularly unlucky when directing. His first film, Paanch, ran into censor trouble because it looked at young people as people who want sex, drugs, rock and roll…and a spot of murder. When the censors cleared it, the producers did what producers don't do. They simply didn't release it. Then came Black Friday, based on the eponymous non-fiction book by S Hussain Zaidi. That was banned for claiming to tell the truth about the bomb blasts of 1993. His third film Gulal, was held up because of paucity of funds.
With the verdict having come in the Mumbai blast case, the Black Friday is expected to hit the theatres on the 9th of February. Simultaneously, he has also found the funding to complete Gulal. However it is unlikely that Panch will see the light of day anytime soon.
Meanwhile Anurag has finished shooting No Smoking, a black comedy that shades into the fantastic. Look out for great performances from Ayesha Takia and John Abraham. Watch this space. If Kashyap's scars don't get him, he's headed for greatness.

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