Anurag Kashyap

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Unpacking The Politics Of ‘Udta Punjab'

It is important that we recognize that Abhishek Chaubey's film is not about the "public" significance of how drug-trafficking is swallowing up a state's population. Yes, the film uses that vocabulary, and so does the national media reportage on its content and intent. However, I would like to insist that Chaubey's is clearly a "political" work.
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‘Calling Me Tarantino Of India Is Like Calling Tiger Shroff Bruce Lee Of India'

He was nattily dressed in a black tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbows. Scarcely the indoor attire for Mumbai. "I have a fetish for jackets," he said defensively, noticing my look. He is like a character from his films. Good-looking in an unkempt, don't care-ish way. Somewhat emotional, dark and extreme. But with a dazzling smile. And he smiled even when narrating the battle he had just lost...
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‘Moral Policing Is Not The Job Of The Censor Board': Leela Samson

Anurag Kashyap's ongoing battle against the Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani over his latest movie Udta Punjab has exposed yet again how easily films fall prey to politics, and that there's constant moral policing from the entertainment watchdog. spoke exclusively to Leela Samson, former chief of the CBFC, about the Board's style of functioning, the growing banning culture in films and on whether the Shyam Benegal-headed committee instituted to revamp the CBFC will be able to rewrite the censorship rules.