Anything even political or religious is a no-no, according to Anurag Kashyap about the “restrictive” environment in the film industry


Anurag Kashyap, a filmmaker, discussed the dread that pervades the film business around what can and cannot be shown or spoken about on screen. The director was asked if the rise of streaming platforms in India had promoted his sort of storytelling, and he said that it’s a double-edged sword in an interview after a BFI screening of his next movie Dobaaraa.

He stated, “I enjoy long-form storytelling, and I’ve been working on a lot of projects, but we’re also dealing with a kind of environment where one is severely constrained in the type of drama that they can produce.

We are currently unable to engage in any political or religious activity, he continued. That is a big no. And a big no, not because someone has told you that you can’t do it, but rather because everyone is living in a world where they are unsure of how other people would react. We’re incredibly sensitive and easily insulted right now. Therefore, it’s a perfect opportunity for Indian creators to produce long-form storytelling and new experimental work, but at the same time, we are treading extremely fine lines.

Anurag co-directed the first Netflix original created in India, Sacred Games, but he hasn’t yet collaborated on another Netflix production. The political satire Choked was his most recent movie. His most recent theatrical release was Manmarziyaan from 2018, which also starred Taapsee.

The actor and director explained that the next science fiction movie Dobaaraa, which is a remake of the Spanish film Mirage, deals with time travel and parallel universes. The director also discussed Gangs of Wasseypur’s 10th anniversary and referred to it as his “greatest undoing.” He stated that with the release of Dobaaraa, he hopes that people will finally stop anticipating him to make movies similar to Gangs of Wasseypur once more.