Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has helmed hard-hitting films like “Black Friday” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”, feels that the Hindi film industry needs to pull up its socks as regional cinema is “threatening” the industry and even Hollywood may “take over” the national market with its dubbed version of films.
“The more regional cinema will threaten us, Bollywood will work harder. We are threatened from everywhere because we are more mediocre as compared to everybody else. We have to get rid of our mediocrity and pull up our socks and make better films,” Kashyap told IANS.
“Apart from regional films, Hollywood will definitely take over because they have started dubbing everything. We have to start making better content,” he added.
Regional cinema, which has always been high on content, has also now started to be a money spinner at the box office. With films like “Sairat” (Marathi), “Thithi” (Kannada) and “Kammatti Paadam” (Malayalam) among others, it is coming into spotlight in a big way.
Kashyap also believes that unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is a star-driven market. “Sometimes you need stars in the west… (But) when the idea is bigger, you go for a newcomer. In Hollywood, they will go for a newcomer because they believe in the idea. Here, when the idea is bigger, they go for the star because they don’t believe in the idea… It’s a star-driven market,” he said.
The filmmaker also doesn’t “enjoy” controversy. “In this country, people can’t deal with honesty… I talk straight… I am not a person who looks for controversy. I don’t enjoy controversy so much. Today, everybody has an opinion, and in a sea of opinions, it doesn’t matter,” the 43-year-old said.