EXCLUSIVE: Anurag Kashyap calls Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt ‘finest actors’; talks about reunion with Animal star
In an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla, Anurag Kashyap praised the talents of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt and also addressed the possibility of reuniting with the actor from Animal.
Ranbir Kapoor is reveling in the positive reception of his recently released crime thriller, Animal, which has been making waves at the box office, much to the joy of his fans. Anurag Kashyap, who has collaborated with Ranbir in the past, showered praise on him in an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla. Kashyap lauded both Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt as the 'finest actors.' Furthermore, he disclosed whether he harbors a desire to collaborate with Ranbir again.
Anurag Kashyap showers praise on Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt
In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Anurag Kashyap shared his thoughts on Ranbir Kapoor's journey, especially in light of the trending success of his latest movie, Animal. Kashyap didn't just stop at acknowledging Ranbir's prowess but extended his praise to Alia Bhatt as well. He remarked, "Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are the finest actors, and they are a couple. So imagine the amount of talent in one house."
Kashyap admitted he hadn't seen Animal yet but added, "If it's successful for him, it's good for him then."
Anurag Kashyap on wanting to work with Ranbir Kapoor
During the conversation, Anurag Kashyap was asked about the possibility of collaborating with Ranbir Kapoor again. For the unversed, the duo had previously worked together on Bombay Velvet, a film released in 2015 that faced commercial failure.
In response, Kashyap expressed, "Main? (Me?) Who wouldn't want to work with him? But mujhe nahi lagta ki main… bahut time lagta hai accept karne me. Dekho kya hai mere paas koi formula nahi hai blockbuster banane ka aur star jab experiment karta hai na toh mujhe bhi gaali padti hai aur usko bhi gaali padti hai" (But I don't think… It takes a lot of time to accept. Look, I don't have any formula for making a blockbuster, and when a star experiments, I get criticized, and so does he).
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Kashyap continued, “Jab aadmi star ho jata hai na toh uske fans ho jate hai. Fan word kaha se aata hai fanatic se aata hai. So fans jo hai na apne star ko aise dekhte hai. Jo fanclubs hai ladte rehte hai aapas mein, ek invisible sa war chal raha hai non stop sare fans clubs k beech me. Toh agar aap uss fan club ko cater nahi ka rahe ho na toh star ke sath film banana bada mushkil kaam hai ek filmmaker k liye" (When a person becomes a star, he gets fans. The word fan comes from fanatic. So, fans see their star in a certain way. The fan clubs are constantly fighting among themselves; there's an invisible war going on non-stop between all the fan clubs. So, if you're not catering to that fan club, making a film with the star becomes a challenging task for a filmmaker).
Kashyap further talked about not possessing the skill to create blockbusters. He shared, “Woh skillset kuch filmmakers me hai mere andar nahi hai. Aur mere andar woh himmat nahi hai ki main itni gaali khayu uss aadmi k liye jiski itni badi fan following hai. Agar letdown ho gaya toh? Blockbuster kab kya ho jata nahi pata chalta. Konsi film chal jati hai aapko nahi pata chalta lekin itne saal ke baad itna samajh me aa gaya hai ki woh blockbuster wala skill mere haath me nahi hai" (That skill set is in some filmmakers; it's not within me. And I don't have the courage to face so much criticism for someone with such a massive fan following. What if it turns out to be a letdown? You never know when a film becomes a blockbuster. You don't know which film will work, but after all these years, I've understood that the blockbuster skill is not in my hands).
He concluded, "By chance kabhi ho gya tukke se toh tukke se hoga woh guarantee nahi hai. Mera kaam hai jo maine promise kia hai woh script mai bhut honestly sincerely banaunga jis budget me banana hai uss budget me banaunga. Mere liye woh thik hai contained budget mein film banana mai khush hu" (If it happens by chance, it will happen by chance. There's no guarantee. My job is to make the script I promised to make honestly and sincerely within the given budget. For me, making a film within a contained budget is fine; I am happy with that).