India and America are world’s largest and oldest democracies respectively and have a great deal in common ranging from culture, politics, ethos, entertainment and many issues which concern the common man and entertainment has no boundaries and is a medium which transcends everything.
Indian film industry aka Bollywood is one of the highest grossing industry in the world and over the last 70 years we have captured world’s imagination with our distinct kinds of films and our industry is going to new places with every passing year. Now coming to the highly talented and hardworking film maker Anurag Kashyap, whose new feature film ‘Mukkabaaz’ is receiving warm reviews and is one of the finest films by the film maker. The story of the film is currently and socially relevant and is showing the audience the mirror to the society and is a film which is not pulling any punches and is very direct and blunt.
What ails the Bollywood that we cannot produce more Kashyaps? The Hindi film industry has over the years played to the gallery and is only interested in the optics and how to make a quick buck at the box-office. The entertainment industry’s cause has not been helped by the regressive, archaic, outdated censor board (CBFC) and political masters. The recent example of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ (now Padmaavat) clearly shows that we are very a very afraid and coward as a society, which will not rise against oppression and bullying.
American films and directors always challenge the status quo and make films which are path-breaking and the names such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Mel Gibson (I could go on and on!) make films which question your conscience and tell you that cinema has far-reaching powers than just being a tool of entertainment. Indian films has celebrated and glorified Karan Johars and Aditya Chopras and nothing wrong with it, but have we won a single global award? To showcase and making films which are against establishment doesn’t mean you are indulging in sedition or you are anti-national.
Anurag Kashyap didn’t have a godfather and his thinking, mindset sets him apart from his peers and is one of the few film makers who is a straight shooter and is not diplomatic (the case being half of his films have not released). Kashyap understands cinema and is a student of his craft and it’s time that Bollywood and India appreciate the man for being himself. If we want to become the next ‘America’ than please practice the democracy rightfully and a land of 1.25 billion people can surely produce lots of Anurag Kashyaps provided we change our mindset and thinking. And lastly, Kashyap would be the last person to be worried about becoming the ‘Big Daddy’ of Bollywood and would be happy if his films are released on time in the future.