Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance jury

This is fantastic news indeed.   Finally somebody here in the US paid attention.  Showing   Gangs of Wasseypur in Cannes earlier this year and then in Toronto opened new doors. To have him part of the jury will make me follow the festival with even greater interest.  Kashy could be very instrumental in regard to exporting Indian film to the US..  I hope he makes great connections at Sundance because there is a lot to be said about the under-representation of Indian film here, starting with distribution, advertisement…
it always aggravates me that Indian films are ignored on a lot of sites and even listed in the category of Foreign Film. eg Netflix, moviefone IMDb upcoming releases. Nada. Zilch.. Poorly reviewed and misunderstood.  People wrongly associate Indian film with just romance and song and dance. Yes, music might be an integral part, but young filmmakers have found innovative ways using music as part of the narrative, something the West can actually learn from.
But that’s besides the point. India has a large pool of creative young talent just waiting to rise and get some recognition abroad. The time has come.  Proud of Kashyap, his work, his intellect and happy to see him being recognized as the innovative filmmaker he is and trailblazer in this native country.
Here is the article I found on ndtv.
Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance film festival jury
Press Trust of India | Thursday, December 20, 2012 (Mumbai)
He is currently working on his next venture titled Ugly.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is part of the prestigious jury for the 2013 edition of Sundance film festival.

The director’s epic crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur is also screening at the festival in the Spotlight section of the festival.

Anurag Kashyap is part of the 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the festival, which runs from January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Anurag Kashyap, who has directed films like Black Friday, Dev D, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur I&II, will take part in the festival as the jury member for the World Cinema Dramatic section alongside director Nadine Labaki and producer Joana Vincent.

It has been a good year for the director with Wasseypur doing well at the home box office besides travelling to festivals like Cannes and Toronto. Set in Bihar’s Dhanbad district, it was also honoured at Asia-Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane and Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Macau, held recently.

“It is a truly special film for me and I’m overwhelmed with the audience reception and happy to know that the team’s efforts have been honoured at such large platforms,” Anurag Kashyap said in a statement.

Congrats. Kashyap and Vasan Bala will have their night in Cannes!

Anurag Kashyap is one of Bollywood’s most innovative and influential filmmakers today.

So it doesn’t come at no surprise that Gangs of Wasseypur, I & II,  will be showing in Cannes this year. A great honor, indeed!  I’d like to know one thing: Did he split them up because Indian movies have a longer running time and this is a compromise? or did the movie become too long and he didn’t want to cut out important parts? or because they are two separate entities and stories altogether.. Well, we shall see ourselves. Meanwhile our best wishes to Anurag.


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RT @AKFPL: Three of our films; Peddlers, Gangs Of Wasseypur (I&II) at Cannes Film Festival. HUGE MOMENT OF PRIDE FOR US! @guneetm@ankash100

Vasan Bala will be presenting Peddlers at Cannes, not too shabby for a first- time director and writer!  Vasan has worked as assistant director on Dev D, second assistant director on Gulaal and associate director on Trishna. So we know he has gained some experience on those sets, but it is still quite remarkable that he will be showing his own movie in Cannes. Impressive.

I wish there was a trailer for Peddlers but I couldn’t find one. Sorry.

I am happy for our bwoys.

Come on, India! Largest producer of  films in the world, show what you’ve got!!

Gangs of Wasseypur

Kashyap, ur the man!

adrenaline high trailer for the upcoming movie Gangs of Wasseypur! It’s going to be blazing hot, as usual.



from wikipedia:

The film has been reported to be inspired from the story of Jharkhand politician Suryadev Singh, Binod Singh and Sakeldeo Singh who was convicted of murder.[5]


During filming in Varanasi in December 2010, the film’s assistant director Sohil Shah was killed in an auto accident.[6] The film finished production in late March 2011, with Anurag Kashyap moving on to direct his next film immediately.[7]


The film is about the coal mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.


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