Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently attended the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram. He was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function of the festival and got an overwhelming reception. The filmmaker praised the state for producing the best of Indian cinema at present.
At the inauguration of the festival, Anurag Kashyap lauded the filmmakers of the state and said, “the best of Indian cinema comes from God’s own country”. “I make movies in Hindi where we are distorting history while Kerala is actually chronicling the times we live in with their cinema so it is so great to be here,” he added.
Kashyap further said his “closest collaborators — my partners in crime, my friends — are from Kerala”.
“It is so inspiring, not just are they (Malayalam filmmakers) experimenting in the art form, it is so. rooted, you get a sense of time and place, which I don’t find in Hindi films anymore,” he added.
Kashyap also spoke with Bina Paul, artistic director of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), at a ‘Masterclass’ session organized as part of the festival. During the session, he said that a regressive culture where everything was considered taboo was taking hold in India and it was also affecting the funding for the kind of films that he was making. He spoke at length about his conservative upbringing, his journey to Mumbai, and his struggles as a filmmaker. He said that his style of filmmaking was a product of years of intense struggle.