Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:09:14 GMT | By PTI

I am in a happy space now: Anurag Kashyap

For someone whose first film 'Paanch' was banned for being too violent, Anurag Kashyap has come a long way with his revenge drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.


I am in a happy space now: Anurag Kashyap

Kashyap had refused to bow down to the Censor for 'Paanch' despite it being his debut film. The film never saw the light of day and he struggled to make his other movies before 'Dev D' brought him commercial success.

He is once again rewriting the rules of movie making with his two part 'Gangs of Wasseypur', which in Kashyap's own words, is his most watched movie.

The director says he is finally in a happy space.

"Now am getting to make the kind of films I always wanted to make and I am making them freely. I am in a happy space," Kashyap told us in an interview.

Violence is a key ingredient in the drama, which draws mostly from real people and incidents. Kashyap said he did not want to control violence in the film because it would have hampered the reality.

"Violence is not portrayed realistically in our films which sometimes inspire people to act like a hero. I played up violence in 'Wasseypur' because I believe that real violence makes you uncomfortable, it makes you flinch. You would not want to repeat something which disturbs you."

One of the advantages of being true to his conviction is that sometimes good stories come walking to Kashyap because people believe that he will be interested.

That's what happened to 'Wasseypur'. The story had first gone to Hansal Mehta, who did not take up the project. Writer Zeishan Quadri then went to Kashyap, who agreed immediately to make the film after reading the brief.

Kashyap launched into the research and then shot the film for four months. He was ready to take the risk of releasing the film in two parts.

Both the films have released to critical and commercial success but it was hard for Kashyap to shorten the length to five hours and 20 minutes.

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