Filmmaker Abhinav Kashyap said that he has always lived under the shadows of his elder brother and acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. But added that since ‘Dabangg’ people have started to recognize him and not just as Anurag Kashyap’s younger brother.
“I have always been compared to him and I have always lived under his shadow. But with ‘Dabangg’ I was able to come out of it," Abhinav Kashyap told IANS.
The filmmaker said that he was very fortunate to have an extremely gifted brother like Anurag Kashyap.
“We both make different kinds of films and we have both created a name for ourselves. I have learnt my work from him; so his shadow is a good one,” he said.
Asked if the brothers take advice from each other, the 39-year-old said, "We don't discuss before accepting a project, but we do discuss after that. We value each other's opinion. I give him a mass entertaining opinion and he gives me a very cinema-literate opinion."
Abhinav Kashyap’s second movie ‘Besharam’, starring Ranbir Kapoor, opened to mixed reviews and was a disaster at the box-office. The director said that the reason movie failed to make an impact was due to very high expectations of critics and audience alike.
“After ‘Dabangg’ people had an expectation from me, and I guess I was not able to meet up their expectation. That's what went wrong with ‘Besharam’. People who love me were expecting something different from it. But the outcome was not as expected; so they were harsh with the movie," he said.
The director was said that he had hoped Ranbir Kapoor’s presence in the movie would help his movie.
“There was a sense of comfort. Ranbir is a young rising star. But we were aware he is not that popular in the masses market. If you look at Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, it did well in A-list cities, but not in the other parts. But, yes, I was expecting more from the movie because of Ranbir,” he said.
Recently, even Salman Khan's Jai Ho failed to lure audiences and the director feels that the public has finally reached a "saturation" level where Bollywood masala movies are concerned.
"That's the message that is coming. I guess the audience now wants more than masala films. It might have saturated. Cinema is growing at a faster pace and things are changing every day. So it's difficult to judge," he said.
The director said that now was the perfect opportunity to make films like his brother.
“Now is the opportunity. I had immense pressure after 'Dabangg', but the pressure is off now. So, I think it's the right time to make more serious cinema. I am still exploring the possibilities," the filmmaker said.
Abhinav Kashyap confirmed that he is currently working on a script for his third movie.
“I can't reveal much about my next project. I have just started writing it. But I can tell you that it will be a romantic drama," he concluded.