Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who faced a lot of flak after his mega-budget, multi-starrer gangster epic Bombay Velvet crashed and burned at the box-office earlier this year, has finally come clean.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror at the ongoing Film Bazaar organised by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in Goa, the 43-year-old writer-director admitted that the film's colossal failure gives him nightmares.
"When you let people buy into your idea and dream, you also have to take on their pressure. My own partner told me that I had made a Rs 90-crore art film and a lot of people had issues with that," he was quoted as saying.
He praised the National-Award-winning Konkani feature Nachom-ia Kumpasar, starring Palomi Ghosh and Vijay Maurya, which is also a period film set in India's jazz age. The film, directed by Bardroy Barretto, is based on the star-crossed romance between real-life musicians Chris Perry and Lorna Cordeiro, which was also the original basis for Bombay Velvet. "He stuck to Lorna Cordeiro and Chris Perry's story while I manipulated it," said Kashyap. "He made an honest version and a powerful film. But we planned way too many things with our film."
Nachom-ia Kumpasar, which took nearly a decade to make, has been running in theatres in Goa for a year and has reportedly made a profit. It was made on a tiny fraction of the budget that Bombay Velvet had and featured no known stars (Kashyap's film starred Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma).
Talking about the biggest lesson he has learnt from this debacle, he further added, "Money is the biggest nightmare and I'm not going to make a massive budget film again. I'm not going to waste my dream like that, I will only make films on a controlled budget now."
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