By Shriya Pant. Posted on December 09, 2014
Indians have generally been bad at recording history and the history of filmmaking is no exception. We do not have many interviews or videos of filmmakers talking about their filmmaking process. While it's very easy to find a Scorsese or a Hitchcock talking about their craft, it is near impossible for a cinephile to find a similar interview of Indian director's like Ritwik Ghatak or Adoor Gopalakrishnan or even mainstream filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Mahesh Bhatt for that matter.
Film festivals usually serve as the backdrop for such interviews. This year's Mumbai Film Festival had a couple of such discussions where young filmmakers and film-buffs got a chance to listen to two very interesting panels, both involving Anurag Kashyap. While the first had Kashyap taking the audience through how he made Black Friday, his seminal work on Bombay blasts of '92, the second panel had Kashyap talking to the director and cast of another classic based in Mumbai, Parinda. You can watch the video on Parinda here.
Black Friday is one of the most controversial Hindi films ever made. The film which courted various controversies, censor issues besides winning recognition and critical acclaim was screened at the recently concluded Mumbai Film Festival 2014.
Based on the book by S Hussain Zaidi, Black Friday had won immense praise for the gritty depiction of the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts . The film was narrated superbly with a rustic appeal by director Anurag Kashyap.
This video reveals a chunk of the tips and tricks used by Anurag Kashyap and the problems he faced during the making of this film. The film was initially supposed to be shot as a TV series for Aaj Tak, but when that didn't fly, Anurag turned it into a feature film.
Talking about the controversies, the film was not allowed to be released in India for 2 whole years given the sensitive subject material.
Besides winning recognition at International Film Festivals such as the Locarno International Film Festival and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the film was also the source of inspiration for the chase scene in the film Slumdog Millionaire.
Watch the video and let us know what you think of it.