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Anurag Kashyap chooses MAMI Fest over Busan festival | “Mukkabaz” opening film at Mami Fest

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Mumbai, Sep 14 : Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap missed the Asian premiere of his new film “Mukkabaaz” as it is going to be the opening film at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. But he says it’s a choice he made and he is proud of it.

“Well, it is a moment of pride for me. I was very happy because my films have never played at MAMI,” Anurag said at a press meet here on Thursday.

“To premiere at MAMI, I had to let go the Asian premiere at Busan (an international film festival in South Korea, one of the most significant in Asia). It’s a choice I made.”

Anurag was present here with MAMI Festival Director Anupama Chopra, Chairperson Kiran Rao, Creative Director Smriti Kiran among others.

“Mukkabaaz” will narrate the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.

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Kiran Rao said that the festival this year will showcase over 220 films from 49 countries in 51 languages.

While in the competition section India Gold, movies like “Ashwatthama”, “Juze”, “Machines”, “Ralang Road”, “Sexy Durga”, “Village Rockstars” among others will be screened, in the International Competition section films like “Apostasy”, “Bad Lucky Goat”, “I am not a Witch”, “More (Daha)”, “Most Beautiful Island”, “Quest”, “Oh Lucy!” among others will be shown.

This year the festival is conducting various workshops on film reviewing, children’s films, writers and distributors conversations among various activities throughout the year.

One of the notable changes this year would be the ‘Movie Mela’ — an event on discussing films, film reunion on some of the iconic movies — which will take place on October 7 before the main festival starts from October 12 to October 18.

With a small audio visual presentation, the festival organisers unveiled the international film personalities like John Madden of Oscar winning film “Shakespeare in Love”, cinematographer Alexis Zabe, Argentine film director Santiago Mitre and actress-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma, among others.

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap Expresses His Thoughts on Violence Staged in Hollywood

"My idea of creating violence is to put the viewer off it, where it disturbs them," Anurag added

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Known as a master of making violence-based movies in Hindi cinema, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap expressed his thoughts on violence staged in Hollywood, saying American movies dont really explore violence.

According to Anurag Kashyap, Hollywood movies focus more on commercialisation.

“America is always middle of the ground, they always borrow from everywhere and make it more palatable and commercial but they don’t really explore violence barring some of the exploitation movies. They know how to commercialize everything, they are the Mcdonalds version of action and violence,” he said in a conversation for Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Perfect Strokes with Anupama Chopra.

Be it movie “Gangs of Wasseypur” or web show “Sacred Games”, Anurag Kashyap never leave a chance to show violence, killings and other brutal scenes in his projects.

Anurag Kashyap delivered once again in the form of 'Mukkabaaz.'Wikimedia Commons
Hollywood doesn’t really explore violence: Anurag Kashyap.’Wikimedia Commons

Sharing his idea of violence, the 46-year-old director revealed that he does not like to see usage of violence in superhero movies as he believes mainstream films and superhero movies celebrate violence rather than showing its depth.

“I like the whole idea of taking people through that whole motion of what’s the worst fear that they might have. I get borthered by seeing celebratory violence that I see in mainstream movies or the superhero movie where the violence makes you feel like wanting to be a hero and getting into a fight.

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“My idea of creating violence is to put the viewer off it, where it disturbs them,” Anurag added.

The episode featuring Anurag will be out on Wednesday. (IANS)