Anurag Kashyap says mainstream Indian cinema 'stopped being original'

Wednesday 01st February 2023 06:43 EST

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap shared his thoughts on mainstream Indian cinema, saying that mainstream Hindi films “stopped being original.” He also praised filmmaker SS Rajamouli and his film ‘RRR’. Talking about the film’s award-winning song ‘Naatu Naatu’, he said it is “incredibly” hard to pull off.

In an interview, Anurag said, "They have liked films from India for a very long time. But they like one kind of a film. There was a time Indian films released worldwide. Awara, Disco Dancer, everybody singing Jimmy Jimmy. You go to Africa, you go to Arab countries, India has a very massive impact of the mainstream. Somewhere within our mainstream, we stopped being original. Our mainstream started to become cheap copies of Hollywood action movies or something else.”

He added, "Whereas movies from down South are still grounded, they still look like Indian films. A lot of Hindi mainstream doesn't look like Indian films, it's not even shot in India. It's not even about India, which is why RRR surprises them and scores. ‘RRR’ takes them totally by surprise. Within the context of an Indian film, it does those very things at a much lower cost than them.”

Anurag's next project is ‘Almost Pyaar’ with DJ Mohabbat featuring Alaya F and Karan Mehta. It is touted to be a romantic musical. The film will hit the theatres on February 3.

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