Anurag Kashyap lauded the makers of Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 and Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2 for responsible filmmaking and not making their films propaganda when they had the chance to do so.
Anurag Kashyap’s last directorial Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat, which hit theaters in February this year, was a box office bomb but the filmmaker has earned rave reviews for playing the antagonist in Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Haddi, which began streaming on ZEE5 earlier this month.
The filmmaker and actor lef no stone unturned in promoting Haddi as he was seen giving multiple interviews for the same. In his conversation with Bollywood Bubble, Kashyap said that he is ‘glad’ that Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 and Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2 were ot propaganda films even when they had the chance to be.
Speaking about both the films, which clashed at the box office on August 11 and both turned out to be successful, the Gangs of Wasseypur director said, “Sabse badi baat agar main kahu aaj ki date mein toh iss samay sabse badi filmein jo cinema hall mein chal rahi hain, Gadar 2 aur OMG 2, kitni aasani se filmmaker, jo bolte hain iss samay ye mood hai desh ka, film ko propaganda aur counter-propaganda bana sakte the (The biggest thing today I’d say is that the biggest films in cinema halls today, Gadar 2 and OMG 2, their filmmakers could’ve gauged the nation’s mood and turned them into propaganda and counter-propaganda films).”
He further added, “Lekin wo mainstream ke andar responsible filmmaking hai. Kahin koi halla nahi hua, kahin koi aawaz nahi uthi, unnecessary controversy nahi hui. Filmein thi achhi jin logo ke liye thi. Filmmaker apne personal fayde ke liye opportunist jaise bahar nahi aaya. Glad that mainstream mein jahan pe saamne se likha hua tha, woh bhi nahi kiya (But they’re responsible filmmaking within the ambit of mainstream. There was no unnecessary noise, no voice raised, no unnecessary controversy. They were good films for the audiences they were made for. The filmmaker didn’t unleash the opportunist within. Glad that even it was right there in the mainstream cinema, the filmmakers totally avoided that).”
Meanwhile, Kashyap is also awaiting the release of his next directorial Kennedy, which premiered at Cannes this year. The neo-noir crime drama features Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone in the leading roles.
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