8 Lessons for Life From Anurag Kashyap’s Journey in Bollywood
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Anurag Kashyap. The man, who is hailed as the torchbearer of Indian independent cinema, is not just an inspiration for filmmakers but his journey in Bollywood gives us many things to ponder on. From sweeping the premises of Prithvi Cafe to walking the red carpet at the Cannes, Kashyap gives us valuable lessons of life.
Kashyap left his home and came to Mumbai with no money at all. Sweeping the corridors of Prithvi cafe for free, and helping aspiring artists by reading for them, he knew what he wanted to do and he chose a path without worrying about the consequences.
A man who wanted to become a scientist is now one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of India. It was only after graduation that he realized his passion for films.
Kashyap began writing dialogues for TV shows without expecting credit or money for that matter. He started working for free until eventually he was noticed by the industry.
In the 90s, he had an option to either work for the big budget Bhatt production house or team-up with Ram Gopal Varma for a subject which was unconventional. We all know what happened when Satya was released in 1998.
Kashyap had no budget to shoot his first film ‘Paanch’. He made sure that he met with the right people. Having an unconventional approach towards things only helped him come up with ways to achieved his dreams.
Having gained international recognition, Kashyap failed to release his films in India. He realized he had to start from scratch in spite the success he achieved.
He set-up a production house and released two films in a year, Bombay Velvet, his dream project, and Shaandar – both the films turned out to be colossal disasters. Realizing that he should go back to his basics, he corrected that mistake and made Raman Raghav 2.0 at a minimum budget.
Kashyap goes on giving funny references to how Bombay Velvet bombed at the box office – this comes from a man who has accepted his failures in the same manner as his success.
Kashyap first movie to be released officially was Black Friday which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was the nominee for Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. He has since then given several critically acclaimed movies including Dev D, Gulaal, Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly. Not just in India but Kashyap is regarded one of the finest directors of the world and was also awarded Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government in 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival. To read everything about Anurag Kashyap’s career click here.
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