With the release of AKIRA, Anurag Kashyap is all being praised for his role in the movie and indeed his brilliant performance is worth noticeable.
When interviewed by Bollywood Life, the producer-actor opens about a number of things like never before. Talking about his performance in Akira he says, “I have never got so many calls for any of the films before.”
He further adds, “I have done a lot of theatre, and special appearances too come easy to me. I have done a few in Luck By Chance, Happy New Year and others. But I felt scared to be in front of the camera. I realised that I can’t be an actor. Because, I don’t have the discipline to be an actor at all.”
Talking about the failure of Bombay Velvet at Box Office, he reminds, “I had gone into depression. There was a time I started feeling that the floods are because of me, the drought is because of me. The accidents here and there are happening because of Anurag Kahsypa. People have attacked me and rightly so. But I have learnt from my mistakes. I don’t think I will ever try making a film like Bombay Velvet anymore where the production costs will become invisible. Creating Mumbai in itself meant so much money and I didn’t realise it then.”
The filmmaker also feels guilty for actor Ranbir Kapoor and speaking up about it, “I think we, as team, have let him down in many ways. Ranbir is a fantastic artist, a brilliant human being and an actor who wanted to try out something different. He wanted to experiment which not many stars would want to do. And we failed him terrible. I feel completely responsible for this.”
Further talking about films and revenues, “We live in a world where people will come and tell me that we appreciate the films you make but they won’t go to theatre to watch my films. They would rather watch it at home. My films sell more on Torrent than in theatres, which is why it’s very difficult to bring in the money and convince producers to pool in money for a project. They say Dev D is a hit film, it did just 13 crore business at the box office.”