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Greed drove Anurag to make 'Bombay Velvet': Shah

Saturday, May 21, 2016

“There will always be a few crazies who will want to make their kind of movies. May their breed survive.''

Naseeruddin Shah feels Anurag Kashyap's "greed" to work with stars and make a big-budget movie made him shift his focus from niche films, to direct "Bombay Velvet".

Kashyap started his career with much acclaimed "Black Friday" and went on to helm projects like "Dev D", "Gulaal", "Gangs of Wasseypur", "Ugly", which were not exactly blockbusters but helped the director get a devoted audience base.

Shah says he fails to understand why film-makers like Kashyap all of a sudden feel the need to do away with the cinema they believe in for a star-driven project. When asked if it was pressure which drove Kashyap to make the film, Shah said, "No pressure, it was greed which drove Anurag to make the wretched 'Bombay Velvet'. They claim they need a wider audience. When you started off, you didn't need a wider audience. You were catering the niche.

Now why do you need a wider audience and bigger budget?'' Besides Kashyap, the 66 year old cited the example of other film-makers like Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Ketan Mehta, Govind Nihalani, saying their first films have been their best because they were desperate to make that particular movie.

Shah, who was the poster boy of parallel cinema in the seventies says he did not get these projects on the basis of his acting credibility. "I kept getting cast because they could not afford any popular actor. I was the most popular among the new actors. It was not that they had high regard for me. I was available cheap."

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