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Anurag Kashyap Slams Bollywood's 'Ownership' Mentality, Advocates Empowerment
Anurag Kashyap Slams Bollywood's 'Ownership' Mentality, Advocates Empowerment

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, renowned for his outspokenness, has recently criticized the patriarchal system within Bollywood. In a recent interview, he decried the old guard of filmmakers in the industry who seem to believe they have a sense of ownership over individuals and seek to control their lives. Kashyap, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming project "Bebaak," also discussed his approach to filmmaking, emphasizing that he has no desire to make anyone his subordinate.

Kashyap strongly condemned what he referred to as the "zamindari" or landlord-like attitude of certain individuals in the industry. He explained to ETimes that there are those in Bollywood who believe they have a proprietary claim over others and wish to dominate them. Additionally, he mentioned that many have advised him to establish contracts with new collaborators and pre-determine profit-sharing arrangements.

However, Kashyap made it clear that such an approach does not align with his personal style of working. He firmly stated that he does not believe in enslaving anyone. In fact, he not only permits people to pursue their own paths but actively encourages them to do so, even if they are hesitant to leave on their own.

Furthermore, Kashyap criticized the older generation of filmmakers in the industry, contrasting their mentality with that of newer filmmakers who emphasize empowerment. According to him, the older guard tends to exhibit a sense of entitlement, often behaving as if they have bestowed an opportunity and thus expect obedience, cautioning against certain actions.

In the backdrop, Kashyap's previous release, "Kennedy," featuring Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat in lead roles, made a significant impact by premiering at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and receiving a standing ovation from the audience. His next project, "Bebaak," recently debuted as part of the JioCinema Film Festival. The film, directed by Shazia Iqbal and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, boasts a talented cast including Vipin Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Sarah Hashmi in prominent roles.

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