From Kashyap’s stable

Krutika Behrawala Posted online: Friday, Sep 07, 2012 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : His films may not cross Rs.100 crore, but one cannot ignore Anurag Kashyap’s contribution to Hindi cinema. While he received critics’ approval stamp with Black Friday, Gulaal, and Dev.D, the successful release of Gangs Of Wasseypur I and II, his co-production with Viacom18 - has made him a producer’s delight. Apart from his style of filmmaking, the director is adept at working on tight budgets. “The idea is make the film’s canvas look grand while working with minimum budgets,” he said during Wasseypur promotions. And the success of GOW has only helped leverage his brand with distributors and executors realising that any film involving Kashyap is worth a dekho.

Post GOW, between his two production companies - Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd (AKFPL) and Phantom — Kashyap is involved in more than 15 films that are in various stages of production.

The AKFPL productions include Monsoon Shootout, Haramkhor, Michael, Ayya, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Peddlers, and Trishna. “While Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Haram-khor, a coming-of-age story directed by debutant Shlok Sharma set in Ahmedabad, is currently in its editing stage and will release in April next year, Viacom18 will decide Michael’s release date as they are the co-producers,” says Guneet Monga, Kashyap’s partner at AKFPL, who handles the production and marketing of all his films.

The productions slated for next year include Vasan Bala directed Peddlers, that created a buzz at Cannes Film Festival and Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout co-produced by DAR Motion Pictures about a rookie cop in a dilemma of shooting a suspected gangster in an alley. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, this film is currently on the edit table. Alongwith his Hindi ventures, the film-maker is also involved with a Marathi co-production Vakratunda Mahakaya and Bengali film, Tasher Desh co-produced by Kaushik Mukherjee, better known as Q. The latter is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous dance opera by the same name.

Moreover, the director — who follows the American and European style of filmmaking where several studios come together to churn out one project — is involved in several co-productions.

While, Rani Mukerji-starrer Ayya, a Viacom18 co-production is slated for October release, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana headlining Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, a co-production with Disney UTV, will release sometime next year.

Kashyap has also formed a partnership with producer Sunil Bohra. Monga clarifies, “Though they are not official partners, if Anurag loves the film that Sunil is producing, he presents it.”

The two Bohra productions that Kashyap is currently presenting include, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid - based on the slain activist Shahid Azmi portrayed by Rajkumar Yadav - that also involves Monga as the producer and Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong that releases on October 12. Kashyap has also co-produced Michael Winterbottom directed Trishna that is expected to release in India soon. “Sunil will decide the release date since he is the distributor,” says Monga.

Currently, Monga gears up to shoot AKFPL’s next production, Dabba. Directed by newbie Ritesh Batra, this Irfan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer will commence shoot from next month.

Meanwhile, Phantom, a production company that Kashyap formed last year with Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena is also busy churning out various co-productions. The first to release will be Ranveer-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Lootera directed by Motwane. This Balaji co-production is a period film set in 1950s in Bengal and will release in March next year. Currently, Bahl is in Europe shooting for Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen, a Viacom18 co-production. Reportedly, the makers have roped in Ranveer Singh for South hit Magadheera’s remake. When asked about his Phantom productions, Kashyap had stated earlier, “I am involved in the creatives and the other three look into the budgets.”

And then there are two films that Kashyap is directing himself for Phantom - Ugly and Bombay Velvet. Ugly, currently under production, is a small-budget thriller with Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure among others. Bombay Velvet, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, will be shot in April. And if this weren’t enough, according to Monga, they have several new productions lined up from December onwards.

GOW I and II, Peddlers and Shahid in TIFF

After creating a buzz at Cannes Film Festival, Gangs Of Wasseypur (GOW) I and II and Peddlers will be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) starting from September 6-16. While both parts of Wasseypur will be screened on September 10, Peddlers will be showcased on September 12. Anurag Kashyap will be present for the screenings along with Guneet Monga and Peddlers director Vasan Bala.

The producers are also looking at striking good distribution deals at this festival. “We have struck distribution deals in France, Germany and Brazil. TIFF will give us an opportunity to distribute GOW in parts of America and Canada,” says Monga.

Moreover, Kashyap-presented Shahid will be screened on September 9.