Anurag Kashyap's Advice For Young Filmmakers!

By Jamuura Staff. Posted on December 04, 2014

Anurag Kashyap is the poster child of every indie filmmaker in India. And rightly so. He's done his share of hard work, making films the scrappy way most independent filmmakers know only too well. His first film got banned, second film got stuck in courts and the third film was delayed due to legal reasons. Yet he kept coming back and eventually the world had to relent. Today he's recognised as one of the leading independent voices in an industry which is characterised by closed coteries of few filmmaking families/ camps.

Recently he spoke at the NFDC Film Bazaar on his experiences and learnings through the more than two decades of his filmmaking journey.

Deepanjana Pal of Firstpost covered his talk. You can read her detailed post on his talk here. We've summarised the key points below for you.

1. Don't Be Self-indulgent

The thing is, there's a distributor who has to come in, who is going to release the film. Yes, he's looking at respectability and all the other things, but he's also looking at not losing money. That's something the filmmaker has to understand.


2. Earn It

Every film gives you freedom to do more. That freedom has to be earned. You can't sit there and say, 'Give me my freedom.' You have to earn it, and you have to earn it with your work, not by your conversation. Not by the loudness of your voice."


3. Don't Make Films No One Understands

Any filmmaker in the world wants to reach out. It is directly proportionate to the amount of money invested in the film. You can be indecipherable if your film cost nothing or if you put in your money.

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 4. Even The Best Struggle

I've seen Fateh (Akin) who is such a great filmmaker, who is a very close friend, struggle to find money to make a movie. After years, he found money to make a movie. It took him six years since his last film to make a movie and it came with the condition that the film has to be in English. It came with the condition that the film has to be more universal.


5. Get Out There, Give Yourselves A Shot

I'm saying, you have a lab, put the script through the lab, if the script is good, the film will find money through the lab. … Another big advantage when a film goes through a lab is that the various labs it has gone to, they're aware of the film before it is made. So by the time the film comes to fruition… you know there are various festivals looking at the film, there are buyers aware of the film."


6. Let go of your ego

You have to let go of your ego. If you sit there and begrudge the world, that nobody understands your art and nobody is going to give you the money to do it, you'll keep grudging the world and you'll end up being somebody who is very bitter and hopeless.

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So go on, forget everything else and make your film.


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