Banking on love

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 10:03:46


By Bedika,

Anurag Kashyap, the man behind gritty dramas exploring dark worlds of criminals and gangsters, says he has learnt that the way to an Indian cine goers heart is through a love story.
But in true Kashyap style, his first love story, the upcoming Mukkabaaz, blurs cinematic genres with a romance that unfolds in a society dominated by caste, politics and religion.
“I have learnt that in India whatever you have to say, say it through a love story. This is what people understand. This is my first full love story,” Kashyap told PTI in an interview.

The film, starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Zoya Hussain, has been receiving praise even before its release later this month.
In the drama set in Bareilly, Vineet plays a Kshatriya wrestler who falls in love with a deaf-mute Brahmin woman. This angers her uncle (Jimmy Sheirgill) who uses his position as the head of the state boxing federation to sabotage his career.
Kashyap, who described Mukkabaaz as his first prem pradhan film, has used the sports drama to dwell on the power dynamics in Uttar Pradesh.

“What people call my anger is my reaction. Luckily, I have the medium to react through cinema. People want to react but they cant. This is why they connect with my films. It connects on a larger scale,” he said.
The director of films such as Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly, quipped that the films he made as a cinema lover could only be understood by cinephiles.

Coming from Uttar Pradesh, Kashyap said he understands the milieu, its societal nuances and how caste casts a large shadow on day-to-day life.
“It is deeply ingrained in us. It will not go. In UP, they ask your name to know your caste and the next question is what is your gotra?” he said.

The protagonists in his latest film are on similar levels on the caste ladder but the differences persist.
“In Haryana, marrying in the same gotra is reason enough for honour-killing. The upper-caste versus lower-caste issue is different with the whole dynamic of the oppressor and the oppressed. Here, the friction is between two similar castes.” The movie, also starring Ravi Kishan, is set to release on January 12.