Friday, June 10, 2005

kashyap zi.ndaabaad {mega-ack to JR for pointing me to this}

Anurag Kashyap reviews [NOTE: life-threatening registration required; point another browser tab to for redemption] his guilty movie-watching pleasures in Outlook India's Issue on Indian Cinema. While the contents of the issue seem very Bollywood-centric (as always), Kashyap's take covers a wider gamut of movies. My respect and appreciation for Anurag Kashyap grows even more despite not having seen even one movie he has made [Paanch might never be released, Black Friday {music notes} is doing the film festival circuit, so there's hope]. The only impression I have of his work is the dialogue that contributed significantly to the positive impact of Yuva.

He uses an un-attributed quote to open his article (Knowledge breeds taste...And taste kills pleasure), and it's one of the best ways to sum up a movie-watching experience. But it's not tough to counter the effects of taste. You can always balance Bergman and B. Subhash (Hell! I do!). And I can think of people like Martin Scorsese whose taste fuels almost childish fascination for the motion picture and filmmaking in general (check out Terry Gross on NPR interviewing Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor for most of Scorsese's movies)

Elsewhere, Jerry Pinto, after exploring the "defanged love story" (more registration nonsense, so pay another visit) ends with a thought that resonates so much with my POV it's scary: it takes an Onir (My Brother Nikhil) and Anurag Kashyap (Paanch and Black Friday) and a Ruchi Narain (Kal-Yesterday and Tomorrow) and a Sanjay Jha (Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye) and Shashanka Ghosh (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II) and Tigmanshu Dhulia (Haasil) or even that old warhorse Sudhir Mishra (Hazaaron Khwaahishein Aisi) to make me want to go back to a cinema.. Touché

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