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Anurag Kashyap praises Rohit Shetty and calls him an “honest filmmaker”

Anurag Kashyap recently stated in an interview that he admires Rohit Shetty for his filmmaking style. 

Anurag Kashyap praises Rohit Shetty and calls him an “honest filmmaker”
Anurag Kashyap; Rohit Shetty
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Last Updated: 05.50 AM, Oct 31, 2022


Anurag Kashyap, one of the most respected directors in Hindi cinema, is responsible for critically acclaimed films such as Black Friday, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Dev D. His most recent release was the science fiction thriller Dobaaraaa, starring Taapsee Pannu.

When asked in a recent interview if he appreciates the music and dance scenes in Bollywood, Anurag responded that he does.

He added that watching Hrithik Roshan's dance videos and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's songs helps him relax. Anurag went on to say that Rohit Shetty is the most 'honest' mainstream director in Bollywood and that he doesn't like the current state of mainstream cinema in Bollywood.

Anurag stated during a Galatta Plus interview, “The quality of today's popular movies is terrible, in my opinion. Rohit Shetty is probably the only person you ever see for himself, which is why you like him because he is honest. Because everyone else in the mainstream is just copying what is successful, they are attempting to be someone different.”

The director went on to say, “Yes, Rohit Shetty is as mainstream as Hindi cinema can get; notwithstanding my disagreements with his sensibility, politics, and other viewpoints. David Dhawan, who was a genre unto himself, came last. I consider David Dhawan to be an auteur since he and Govinda produced such a great comedy duo. However, no one else is aware of the context in which they live.”

Anurag Kashyap discussed the shortcomings of Shamshera, too. Released on July 22 to mixed and unfavourable reviews, the film starred Ranbir Kapoor in his first dual role as the title character and his son. It supposedly had a hefty budget of Rs 150 crore, but it only grossed about Rs 60 crore at the box office, which was a dismal box office disaster.

The filmmaker was quoted as saying, the biggest problem with YRF is the trial room effect. “You take a plot and try to turn it into a Pirates of the Caribbean movie; as a result, Thugs of Hindostan is born. You take a narrative and attempt to create Mad Max: Fury Road from it; the result is Shamshera. Three years ago, the identical Shamshera would have worked, at the very least far more effectively. Not now, when people are exposed to OTT.”