“Pyscho raman” director Anurag Kashyap (L) and cinematographer Jay Oza pose on the red carpet at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on November 24, 2016. / AFP / Patrick HAMILTON (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Noted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has blamed producer Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films for a streak of flops the prestigious banner has delivered lately. During an interview with a leading entertainment portal, the filmmaker opened up on the reason why mainstream Bollywood films are failing miserably at the box office.
Giving the example of Chopra’s big-budget flops like Thugs of Hindustan and Shamshera to make his point, Kashyap said, “The biggest problem with YRF is the trial room effect. You take a story and you want to make a Pirates Of The Caribbean out of it, so it becomes Thugs of Hindostan. You take a story and you want to make Mad Max: Fury Road out of it, it becomes Shamshera. The same Shamshera would have worked two-three years back, at least much more than how it has worked on. Now, people are exposed to OTT.”
Taking an indirect dig at YRF head Aditya Chopra, the filmmaker continued, “You have one person sitting in a cave, who doesn’t know the world outside, dictating how everybody should be making their films and telling them what to do. Obviously, you’re digging your own grave. You have to empower people; you can’t dictate terms. That time is passed now.”
Sharing a piece of advice for Chopra, Kashyap said, “If Aditya Chopra has hired a bunch of people, he needs to empower them and not dictate them, not control the casting, not control everything. Sit in your office, hire good people if you trust them, and let them make their film. Which is the mistake he makes. He doesn’t let them.”
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap is presently busy promoting his upcoming film Dobaara. Set to enter cinemas on August 19, the film stars Taapsee Pannu as the female lead.
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