Director Anurag Kashyap, who is known for his unconventional movies like ‘Dev D’, ‘The Girl in Yellow Boots’, said that if he attempted to make a commercial movie it would end up being a huge disaster.
“I can't make a 'Rowdy Rathore'. If I make a 'Rowdy Rathore', it will be a flop. It has to be made with a conviction. Prabhu Deva had a conviction. He believes in what he is doing. You need to believe in what you are doing. The day I start internally believing in a film, which is in the mainstream zone, I will make it,” he said in an interview.
The filmmaker said that he never feels upset if other movies go on to become blockbuster hits as ultimately the money earned by them will help non-commercial directors like him.
“I am sad about people not watching 'Shanghai', but I will not be sad about any film making money. UTV is making money out of 'Rowdy Rathore' and they will spend that money to promote my film 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana',” he said.
“Today Viacom 18 is spending money on 'Gangs of Wasseypur' because they have earned enough money from 'Kahaani'. So I am not sad about any film making money, but yes it does make me rethink when 'Shanghai' does not do the way I hope it would,” he added.
‘Shanghai’ directed by Dibakar Banerjee stars Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol and Anurag Kashyap’s wife Kalki Koechlin in main leads. Though the movie opened up to rave reviews by the critics, it has failed to make a mark with the audience.
“I sat down with Dibakar a day before and he said this will be the scenario. I was hopeful and I am always an optimist. 'Paan Singh Tomar' turned around and did something which I am really happy about. 'Shanghai' did not and I am still hoping. I don't think that I will be ever sad about 'Rowdy Rathore' making money,” he concluded.
Anurag Kashyap’s next directorial venture ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, a crime thriller, is all set to release on June 22.