It was very likely for an industry like the Indian Cinema to have been compartmentalized, considering how diverse we are in every attribute concerning our culture and beliefs, our superstitions and stereotypes, our lifestyle and languages. Until the last decade, our cinema was divided into festival films or commercial films. Respectively, two spectrums of the society sought solace in what they deemed as entertaining.
The shift now is fascinating, because as much as it appears that we’re still divided into those two categories, we’re not. The change I’ve observed is about what cinema is to the people who create it…
Now it’s either pure business, involving huge investments and churning quadruple the money or it’s cinema that is generated out of sheer passion and love for the medium. And, that is exactly where I think Anurag Kashyap made ends meet whilst creating an audience for himself and helping people acquire better taste by serving them what was so tough to find in the same theatres. I’m one of the many people he converted, from being just people who enjoyed going to the movies to actually developing love for the medium and beginning to engross in it.
So, I say it with conviction. Kashyap is responsible for the kind of variety we see in Bollywood today, not entirely; but, he does have a major role to play in it. I realised that while standing backstage when he was giving a speech in a stadium full of about 6,000 people. He said,
“Nobody owes it to you. Not one person owes it to you. You want to make a film, it is your dream, you have to pursue it. The world doesn’t owe it to you, the system doesn’t owe it to you, your family doesn’t owe it to you, you owe it to yourself.”