By Arun Fulara. Posted on October 16, 2015
You can love him, you can hate him, but you cannot ignore him. The boy wonder who became the enfant terrible of Indian cinema before becoming the messiah of a new breed of Indian filmmakers, he's had a roller coaster of a ride in the last two decades that he's been working in the industry. Even if his films don't work at the box-office, they rarely fail to create a buzz, as was on display earlier this year when Bombay Velvet tanked miserably.
But those who live by the sword, die by it too. He doesn't seem to be a man who regrets failure as much as the rest of us do. He's had more than his fair share of setbacks to contend with and that is part of the inspirational lore that surrounds him. Movie after movie of his got stuck only to find pirate audiences who created an underground movement of sorts that eventually fueled the alternative film scene in Bollywood in the last decade (and continues to do so).
This TED talk of Kashyap's is from 2011, when things had just started turning for him and his nascent film production company. He recaptures his journey from his home town to Mumbai via Delhi, the dark days of struggling with 3 films that got stuck, to finally, the joy of running a film company that runs on passion. He also speaks about the role of Passion For Cinema, the now-defunct blog that acted as a funnel of sorts, channelizing the energies of so many young men & women, some of whom (like Vasan Bala & Neeraj Ghaywan) have gone on to make films & names of their own.
Watch Kashyap share his inspiring story and remember that if you want to really do what you love, it's not easy. But you've got to keep faith.