Only the director to blame for failure of a film: Anurag Kashyap

Sep 23, 2015 IANS

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) Anurag Kashyap says that failure of a film should be attributed to the director, because only he has the "power to say 'yes' or 'no'" to a project.

"I might make a film, but people might say it's just my film. But I've always believed that as a filmmaker I'm in a very different zone as compared to others, because when a film works, the credit goes to the entire team. But when it fails, it is the only director (to blame), because only he had the power to say 'no'," said Anurag, who was present at the preview of Blender's Pride fashion Tour 2015.

"And the point where he does not say 'no' is where his failures lie. In things that he did not stand up and say, 'no this does not work'. So as a filmmaker, I'm in a very privileged position to say 'yes' or 'no', whereas whole lot of people are working all the time," the director, whose last film "Bombay Velvet" bombed at the box office, added.

The "Gangs of Wasseypur" director, who started the production house Phantom Films with other filmmakers like Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane, is a "firm believer in collaborations."

"I've always had a great team. I'm a firm believer in collaborations. Individually, you can be and survive but if you need to build something then there has to be collaborations since it's very handy," he said about working in a team.

Anurag's last production with Phantom, "Masaan" won critical acclaim by bagging two awards at Cannes Film Festival.

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