Why end of drugs will only leave Anurag Kashyap at a loss

A close look at his previous films and their central characters points to his deep fascination for characters obsessed with drugs.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2016 10:24 am
udta punjab, anurag kashyap, kashyap, drug, drug use, drug abuse, gangs of wasseypur, dev d, anurag kashyap films A close look at his previous films and their central characters points to his deep fascination for characters obsessed with drugs.

The last line of the opening note of Udta Punjab urges people to “unite in fight against drugs”. It’s a fact that drug is a serious issue not just in Punjab but across India. In a lighter vein, people are now saying that if India succeeds in winning this battle against drug menace, the one who will be at a major loss will be none other than producer of Udta Punjab Anurag Kashyap himself. A close look at his previous films and their central characters points to his deep fascination for characters obsessed with drugs.

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Be it a black drama like Dev D, psychological thriller No Smoking, crime fiction Gangs of Wasseypur or his directorial debut Paanch. Kashyap’s creative expression, to an extent, is limited to the darkest shades of human life, and he is proud of it. May be this was the reason he refused to put a no-smoking warning in his directorial venture Ugly when asked by the Censor board to do so.

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He argued that putting a no-smoking warning is a violation of his creative expression as films should not be a medium to advertise non-smoking. He refused to teach moral science to his audience saying it’s the Health Ministry that should take the responsibility of curbing use of tobacco and work towards measures to control it. And that is why when an opening note, like the one in Udta Punjab, appears on the screen, it leaves Kashyap’s fan confused if he actually meant it.

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After its share of controversy, Udta Punjab hit the theatres as scheduled and got mixed to positive response. While many agreed that the film makes you aware about the drug syndicate in Punjab, some say it doesn’t offer a solution which also is the responsibility of a filmmaker. If film-making is a right, then educating people through the medium should also be a duty. But in India, people are more obsessed with their rights and give a damn to their duty.

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Known as an emerging face of new wave cinema, Kashyap has openly admitted in past that he cannot make masala entertainers like the ones by Salman Khan and Shah Rukh. His expertise is telling dark and dirty stories with similar characters. On being asked the reason for that, his reply is that he is ‘fascinated by them.’ And his fascination has really given Indian cinema some of the finest films. So, if someone like Nagma Khatoon (GOW) asks Anurag “Kab chodega re apna Ganjeri, Nasheri” characters ko, the answer, in all likelihood, will be ‘never’.

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  1. A
    ashok s
    Jun 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm
    Last few years, last few more films anu bhaiya wapis up Bihar jao aur bhojpuri picture banao.
    1. B
      Jun 20, 2016 at 1:20 pm
      Seriously, what kind of an article is this? Obviously the author has no understanding of film-making. It is not the responsibility of a filmmaker to provide solutions to the ills of society. That is the Government's responsibility. Please take off your cloak and come out boldly as the BJP supported that you seem to be.
      1. R
        Jun 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm
        Go kill yourself ch..tiya. Whenever its convenient these morons claim pressitutes are paid by BJP.
        1. R
          Jun 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm
          Shut up, ch..tiya. Every now and then brainless dogs will bark that the people who BJP calls pressutes are paid by them. IE is a Nehru bootlicker just like you.
          1. D
            Jun 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm
            Can Anurag when he does part-2 of "Udta Punjab" call it UDTA DELHI" our country's capital city is far worse then Punjab and has almost all drug and narcotic dealers, distributor hiding in big bungalows, where money laundering and hawala to get such black money flourishes. like mafia Ganges new and old politicians run about like fixed bees to get big chunk of criminals to carry out crimes AAP and congress master of this game
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