‘Ev­ery good film should be a com­mer­cial film’

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Amid the con­stant de­bate be­tween com­mer­cial and non-com­mer­cial cin­ema, film­maker Anurag Kashyap (above) says that he hopes that ev­ery good film will be con­sid­ered a com­mer­cial film. “I’m hop­ing that ev­ery good film is a com­mer­cial film... Ev­ery good film should be a com­mer­cial film. And if the film goes out and peo­ple en­gage in it and it earns money, then it is a com­mer­cial film,” he says.

“The first mis­take we make is that with­out even watch­ing the film we tag it as ‘par­al­lel’. Dibakar Ban­er­jee’s up­com­ing film is not par­al­lel cin­ema, it is that strong, im­pact­ful and good cin­ema which we’re watch­ing and our au­di­ence is go­ing to watch it. And it is that kind of film that I can’t re­mem­ber how many times I watched it, and get im­mersed in it ev­ery time I watch it.”

Kashyap has sup­ported com­mer­cial films such as Ran­bir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma-star­rer Bom­bay Vel­vet which he di­rected, and Alia Bhatt-Shahid Kapoor’s up­com­ing film, but had also re­cently sup­ported non-com­mer­cial film Masaan through his pro­duc­tion house along with other film­mak­ers.

The film bagged two awards at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val and was crit­i­cally ap­pre­ci­ated in In­dia. Pre­vi­ously, he has also pro­duced smaller films such as Udaan (2010) and Shahid (2013) which have also done well crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially.

About the favourable phase for such cin­ema, he said: “This has been build­ing up since so many years, and the phase is so good that in ev­ery 1-2 months such films are com­ing out.”

The first mis­take we make is that with­out even watch­ing the film we tag it as ‘par­al­lel’ Anurag Kashyap, film­maker


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