Anurag Kashyap says ‘people who can’t speak Hindi are making Hindi films’, suggests strategy to revitalise Bollywood

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and producer Ekta Kapoor have launched the trailer for their upcoming science fiction thriller Thu Baara, starring Taapsee Pannu. At the event, the filmmaker was asked for his opinion on why Hindi films are not doing as well as some popular South Indian films.

About this, Anurag said it’s because the people who make Hindi movies don’t speak the language themselves. “Since our Hindi films are not rooted, this is the simple answer. When you see Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam movies, they are rooted in their culture be it mainstream or non mainstream culture. But our films are not rooted,” Kashyap said.

He added: ‘Here, people who don’t speak Hindi but do speak English make Hindi movies. Wherever the films are rooted, they work. When our regular filmmakers make their kind of movies, they work. Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 worked because the two filmmakers were making the kind of movies they usually make. Other filmmakers try to make those movies that they don’t normally do, they try to impress, they change genres. The moment we are rooted, our films will work.”

Kashyap has been making films for over two decades. The filmmaker, known for genre-defining films such as Black Friday, Gangs of Wasseypur and Dev D, ventures into science fiction with Do Baaraa.

On why he’s stayed away from the genre, he said: “I’m very scared of science fiction. Today the world is one place, we watch everything on OTT. As our audience is today, if you can’t be (Christopher) Nolan, then don’t even try to go to that room If you can’t reach that level don’t even try Make your kind of movies I’m afraid of special effects sci-fi So it took me a lot of time to get from the fear of coming off. It’s still there.”

Do Baaraa is reportedly a remake of the Spanish drama film Mirage. He’s also rumored to be remaking Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. He said: “It’s not a remake, it’s not even a tribute. You’ll find out (what it is) when I make it. It’s foolish to recreate a classic. That film is already there and is a great classic, why remake that? If you had seen my T-shirt I wore during the announcement, it had Kill Bill and Khoon Bhari Maang on it. Khoon Bhari Maang was actually created before Kill Bill. So there’s no point in telling you what I’m making. If I make it, you have to look, decide and tell me,” he concluded.

Do Baaraa is slated to be released in theaters on August 19.

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