Karan Johar was a misfit for ‘Bombay Talkes’, according to Anurag Kashyap. But later he found similarities with the fellow filmmaker. He also thinks that Karan’s short film is the best in the anthology tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema.
It’s an accumulation of four short stories directed by four different filmmakers – Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar. It is lined up for a May 3rd release, the same date when India’s first feature film – Raja Harishchandra which was made by the legendary Dadasaheb Phalke was released.
“Initially, I used to feel that Karan is a misfit but not anymore. The more I have discovered him, I love him a lot. I identify with him on a lot on many things in life. And he is also who he is because of where he comes from. He aspires to be a filmmaker… He is constantly trying to change himself, adapt to situations, produces films for younger lot,” Kashyap told reporters in an interview.
“The only difference is he has the resources that I don`t have. I find a parallel in what he does. I like him as an individual now,” he said.
Kashyap is mightily impressed with the movie that Karan Johar has made for the centenary celebration and feels it’s one of a kind.
“I have seen their (Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar) films and they have done a brilliant job. Everybody has made a magical film. There is a silent secret competition between the four of us but my favourite is Karan Johar`s film,” he added.
Anurag was the first one to come on board for this film and he did recommend a few directors including Dibakar.
Initially, Anurag Kashyap was the only one to come on board for this project and he did recommend a few directors, including Dibakar.
“I came on board because I enjoy doing short films. But I am not a struggler anymore to make a short film. I had also given Vishal Bharadwaj`s name. He was shooting something so he couldn`t come on board,” he said.
For `Bombay Talkies`, all the four directors were given Rs 1.5 crore each.
“We were all given the same budget, I think for Karan it would be a very tight budget. But for me Rs 1.5 crore was enough as I could make a feature film in that,” he says.
Anurag’s short film which runs for about 20 minutes, is about a huge fan of Big B and his quest to meet his idol. Amitabh Bachchan plays a cameo in the film where he meets his ardent fan, who comes to visit him all the way from his hometown Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
For Anurag, working with Big B has always been a dream. The filmmaker is all praise for the legend.
“He took care of the crew, he was so hospitable, he kept feeding us all the time. We were overwhelmed,” he said.
Considering the story is about a fan of Bachchan, the shooting happened in and around Pratiksha bungalow, one of houses of the legend.
“I have shot inside the bungalow and around. Pratiksha is the main protagonist of my film. And that for me is the important thing and without Pratiksha I couldn`t have made the film,” he said.